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Beschreibung

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.

Autorentext

Rodney Stark is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. Among his many books are The Rise of Christianity (1996), The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation (California, 1985), and, with Roger Finke, The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy (1992). Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University.



Inhalt

Introduction: Atheism, Faith, and the Social Scientific Study of Religion

PART ONE • PARADIGMS IN CONFLICT
1. A New Look at Old Issues
2. Rationality and the "Religious Mind"
3. Secularization, R.I.P.

PART TWO • THE RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUAL
4. The Micro Foundations of Religion
5. Religious Choices: Conversion and Reaffiliation

PART THREE • THE RELIGIOUS GROUP
6. Religious Group Dynamics
7. Catholic Religious Vocations: Decline and Revival

PART FOUR • THE RELIGIOUS ECONOMY
8. A Theoretical Model of Religious Economies
9. Religious Competition and Commitment: An International Assessment
10. Church-to-Sect Movements

Appendix: Propositions and Definitions
Notes
References
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Acts of Faith
Untertitel: Explaining the Human Side of Religion
Autor:
EAN: 9780520924345
ISBN: 978-0-520-92434-5
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: University of California Press
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Veröffentlichung: 01.08.2000
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Dateigrösse: 2.11 MB
Anzahl Seiten: 343
Jahr: 2000
Auflage: 1. Auflage