Acts of Faith Explaining the Human Side of Religion

ISBN-10: 0520222024

ISBN-13: 9780520222021

Edition: 2000

Authors: Rodney Stark, Roger Finke

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Finally, social scientists have begun to attempt to understand religious behavior rather than to discredit it as irrational, ignorant, or foolish--and Rodney Stark and Roger Finke have played a major role in this new approach. Acknowledging that science cannot assess the supernatural side of religion (and therefore should not claim to do so), Stark and Finke analyze the observable, human side of faith. In clear and engaging prose, the authors combine explicit theorizing with animated discussions as they move from considering the religiousness of individuals to the dynamics of religious groups and then to the religious workings of entire societies as religious groups contend for support. The result is a comprehensive new paradigm for the social-scientific study of religion.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 343
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction: Atheism, Faith, and the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Paradigms in Conflict
A New Look at Old Issues
Rationality and the "Religious Mind"
Secularization, R.I.P.
The Religious Individual
The Micro Foundations of Religion
Religious Choices: Conversion and Reaffiliation
The Religious Group
Religious Group Dynamics
Catholic Religious Vocations: Decline and Revival
The Religious Economy
A Theoretical Model of Religious Economies
Religious Competition and Commitment: An International Assessment
Church-to-Sect Movements
Appendix: Propositions and Definitions
Notes
References
Index
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