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Sociology of Religion. Contemporary Developments.

Sociology of Religion. Contemporary Developments.

This book is designed to introduce the reader to the nature and functions of religious institutions and practices in modern societies, with particular emphasis on conditions in the contemporary United States. Throughout the book, a distinctively sociological perspective is employed to evaluate claims about the viability of religion in a posttraditional, or even postmodern, world.

If, in this age, God is not dead, how does one account for the notable absence of religious values as animating forces outside the private lives of individuals? If God is long gone, on the other hand, what explains the recent rapid growth in the membership of conservative religious bodies, or the high levels of interest on non-western spiritual practices – not to mention a global resurgence of religious particularism? Has the United States shed religion just in time, as some would contend, or is this nation only now beginning to realize the dangers of a society bereft of collective purpose that is symbolized in religious communality?

These and other questions from the sociology of religion will be addressed in a survey of the field and a consideration of different religious traditions. We will examine, among other subjects, individual religious experience; social mechanisms of commitment; civil religion; the varied processes of secularization; and religious inspirations for, or impediments to, social change.

book
384 p.
0759100357
eng