Using an unbiased, balanced approach, this book offers a sound analysis of religion as a social institution that is interdependent and in constant interaction with other societal units. It helps readers understand the role and function of religion in society which occur "regardless" of anyone's claims about the truth or falsity of religious ...Read MoreUsing an unbiased, balanced approach, this book offers a sound analysis of religion as a social institution that is interdependent and in constant interaction with other societal units. It helps readers understand the role and function of religion in society which occur "regardless" of anyone's claims about the truth or falsity of religious systems. The focus is on American religious institutions, but the book includes many examples of the interaction of religion and society in other cultures, both historic and contemporary. The Sociological Perspective. The Sources of Religion. Religion as a Group Phenomenon. Becoming Religious. The Church-Sect Continuum of Religious Organization. Religious Conflict. Religion and Politics. Religious Fundamentalism. Religion and the Economy. Religion and the Class System. Women and Religion. Major Historical Developments. Black and Native American Religion in America. Denominational Society. The Future of Religion. For anyone interested in religion as a social institution.Read Less
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