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Religion in the Modern World From Cathedrals to Cults

ISBN-10: 0198781512
ISBN-13: 9780198781516
Edition: 1996
Authors: Steve Bruce
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Description: The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world `pick and mix' their own religions, Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, this book offers a  More...

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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/8/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world `pick and mix' their own religions, Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, this book offers a comprehensive sociological description and explanation of the changes in the religious life of Western society that have accompanied modernization. This major new book from a leading sociologist of religion tracks the Church's changing role from monolith to Sect, to Denomination, and at the end of the twentieth century, to the Cult. What were the forces that brought about this change? What is the real role for the Church in the modern world? Professor Steve Bruce answers these questions in a clearly argued and accessible way. Including substantial chapters on religion in the USA, religion and ethnicity, and the New Age, Religion in the Modern World is an invaluable resource for students of sociology, religion or history and anyone with a real interest in looking behind the headlines for the place of religion in today's society.

Peface
Acknowledgment
Introduction
The Foundations of Modernity
The Erosion of the Supernatural
Structuring Religion
Religion, Ethnicity, and Social Change
America and God
The New Religions of the 1970s
The New Age
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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