Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in Our World
This is a new text for the sociology of religion course. Instead of surveying the field systematically, the text is organized around a set of big ... Show synopsis This is a new text for the sociology of religion course. Instead of surveying the field systematically, the text is organized around a set of big questions that generate the most discussion and debate in the sociology of religion field. Big questions covered in the text, include: Whatever happened to the so-called 'decline of religion'? Explaining religious vitality in today's world. Why is there a rising tide of fundamentalism around the world? How have recent waves of immigration changed the landscape of religion in the US and elsewhere? What are we to make of innovative ways to get your religion? -Mega-churches, televangelism and the crystal shop around the corner Is religion a force for social change or a tool of the status quo? Can democratic political systems accommodate growing religious diversity? If religion teaches love, how can it lead to violence? How are sex roles, gender identity and definitions of the family infused with religious meaning? Does religion contribute to environmental degradation? Does it have a role to play in preserving the environment? What's with the struggle between science and religion? Do we need God to do good? Religious and moral values in schools, charities and public policy.