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
New. Using an unbiased, balanced approach, the eighth edition of this text puts religion in its social context by discussing the impact of society on religion and helps students understand the role and function of religion in society that occur regardless of anyone's claims about the truth or falsehood of religious systems. KEY FEATURES: Provides new and updated information and research data in the rapidly changing field of religion, in society. Addresses the constant changes in the issues presented by the interaction of religion, the various institutions and social processes represented in modern societies. Provides real-life examples that illustrate the principles being presented. Contents Preface Part I Introduction to the Sociology of Religion Chapter 1 The Sociological Perspective Chapter 2 The Sources of Religion Part II The Social Organization of Religion Chapter 3 Religion as a Group Phenomenon Chapter 4 The Church-Sect Continuum of Religions Organization Chapter 5 Becoming Religious Chapter 6 Religious Conflict Part III Religion in Society Chapter 7 Religion and Politics Chapter 8 Religious Fundamentalism Chapter 9 Religion and the Economy Chapter 10 Religion and the Class System Chapter 11 Women and Religion Part IV Religion in America Chapter 12 Major Historical Developments Chapter 13 Black and Native American Religion in America Chapter 14 Denominational Society Chapter 15 The Future of Religion Photo Credits Index Printed Pages: 448..
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