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David Alfred Martin is an emeritus professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and an adjunct professor at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of about 20 books and 300 articles on a wide variety of subjects, including the relation between religion and politics and the rise of Pentecostalism, but is probably best known for his writings on secularization.

Martin was born in London in 1929. He attended Sheen Grammar School, spent his 2 years of compulsory National Service in the Non-Combatant Corps and obtained a diploma in education with distinction from the Methodist Westminster College of Education. He then earned his living as a primary school teacher from 1952 until 1959, when, having undertaken private study for an External London University degree, ...

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