Religion in Society A Sociology of Religion

ISBN-10: 0131884077
ISBN-13: 9780131884076
Edition: 8th 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $140.80
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Using an unbiased, balanced approach, the 8th edition of" "this text puts religion in its social context by discussing the impact of society on religion while helpg readers understand the role and function of religion in society that occur "regardless" of anyone' s claims about the truth or falsity of religious systems.

Preface
Introduction to the Sociology of Religion
The Sociological Perspective
The Task of Sociology
Central Sociological Assumptions
The Sociology of Religion
Defining Religion
The Characteristics of Religion
A Working Definition of Religion
The Definition Applied to "Magic"
Final Reflection on the Definition of Religion
A Concluding Historical Note: The Development of the Sociology of Religion
Notes
The Sources of Religion
Revelation as Origin
The "Natural-Knowledge-of-God" Explanation
Anthropological Explanations
Psychological Explanations
Sociological Views
Rational Choice Theory
Conclusion
Notes
The Social Organization of Religion
Religion as a Group Phenomenon
Religion and the Characteristics of a Group
Religion and the Five Functional Prerequisites of Group Life
The Effects of Increasing Group Size
The Bureaucratization of Religion
Religious Leadership
Notes
The Church-Sect Continuum of Religious Organization
The Sect
The Church
The Denomination
The Formation of Sects
The Impact of Deprivation on Sect Development
The Evolution of Sects
The Institutionalized Sect
The Cult
Other Non-American Cults
Refinements of the Church-Sect Typology
Notes
Becoming Religious
Elements in Religious Socialization
Methods of Religious Socialization
Measuring the Impact of Religious Socialization
Sociological Definitions of Religiosity: Group Affiliation
Sociological Definitions of Religiosity: The Individual Approach
Sociological Measures of Religiosity: Multidimensional Measures
Internalization of Religion
Religious Conversion
Deconversion
Deprogramming
Conclusion
Notes
Religious Conflict
Conflict Theory According to Karl Marx
Religious Conflict in History
Contemporary Examples of Religious Conflict
Intrareligious Conflict
Challenges to Society from Religious Groups
Conclusion
Notes
Religion in Society
Religion and Politics
The Relationship of Religion and Politics
The Influence of Religion on Politics
Civil Religion
Religion and Politics in the Third World
Notes
Religious Fundamentalism
The Concept of Fundamentalism: Its Origin and Use
Protestant Fundamentalism
Jewish Fundamentalism
Islamic Fundamentalism
The Future
Notes
Religion and the Economy
Religion as an Economic Institution
Religion as a Shaper of Economic Attitudes and Behavior
An Assessment of the Relationship between Religion and Economics
Notes
Religion and the Class System
Differences in Religious Meaning and Expression among Social Classes
Differential Denominational Affiliation by Social Class
Social Stratification within Religious Groups
Stratification, Religion, and Race
Notes
Women and Religion
The Relationship of Women to Religion as Societies Evolved
The Historical Patterns
Contemporary Responses
Female-Dominated Religions
Predictions
Application of Rational Choice Theory
Conclusion
Notes
Religion in America
Major Historical Developments
Intolerant Beginnings
The Constitutional Compromise
The Frontier Challenge
The Ordeal of Pluralism
Religious Social Concern
The Post-World War II Revival
Notes
Black and Native American Religion in America
The Historical Development of the Black Church as a Social Institution
Militancy in the Black Church
New Themes in Black Religion
Other Religious Options for African Americans
Native American Religion
Notes
Denominational Society
The Multiplicity of Groups
The Diversity of Groups
Major Denominational Families
Special Interest Religious Groups
Ecumenism
The Megachurch Phenomenon
The Continued Viability of Denominationalism
Notes
The Future of Religion
Level of Religious Activity
The Growth and Decline of Membership
Impending Protestant Loss of Majority Religious Position
The Dilemmas of Roman Catholicism
Continuity in the Traditional Social Functions of Religion
The Factor of Secularization
The Conflict over the Purpose of Religion
Conclusion
Notes
Photo Credits
Index

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