American Sociology of Religion

Author: Anthony Blasi
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789047421047
Release Date: 2007-07-10
Genre: Religion

First ever collection of histories of American sociology of religion, including accounts of early dissertations changes in theory, and studies of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American religion.

Sociology of Religion

Author: Kevin J. Christiano
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442216938
Release Date: 2015-10-15
Genre: Social Science

This third edition of Sociology of Religion introduces students to key principles in the sociological understanding of religion, with revisions and updates throughout. The book offers an overview of the nature and function of religious institutions and practices, asking sociological questions about the changing role of religion in today’s “post-traditional” world. After an introduction to the many facets of religion and key theories for its study, the book examines central themes such as changes in religious life in the United States; the intersections between religion, social class, and power and between gender, sexuality, and religion; globalization and religion; religion in mass media; and more. The third edition features new material on the relationship of race and ethnicity to religion, the perceived rises of both secularism and fundamentalism, and the role of religion in public debates on sexuality. Sociology of Religion addresses both the foundations of the field and the profound changes it has undergone, placing new examples against their historical background. Charts, photos, down-to-earth examples, and a readable style make the book an ideal introduction for students.

Perspectives on Interculturality

Author: M. Rozbicki
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137484390
Release Date: 2015-04-22
Genre: History

The intercultural occurs in the space between two or more distinct cultures that encounter each other, an area where meanings are translated and difference is negotiated. In this volume, scholars from diverse disciplines reflect on the phenomenon of interculturality and on the theoretical and methodological frameworks of interpreting it

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society

Author: William H. Swatos
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0761989560
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Religion

As the new millennium approaches, the sacred and profane interface, conflict, and intermingle in novel ways. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society provides a guide map for these developments. From succinct, brief notes to essay-length entries, it covers world religions, religious perspectives on political and social issues, and religious leaders and scholars -- present and past -- in the United States and the world. This comprehensive volume is an essential reference for studies in the anthropology, psychology, politics, and sociology of religion. Topics include: abortion, adolescence, African-American religious experience, anthropology of religion, Buddhism, commitment, conversion, definition of religion, ecology movement, Emile Durkheim, ethnicity, fundamentalism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, new religious movements, organization, parish, Talcott Parsons, racism, research methods, Roman Catholicism, sexism, Unification Church, Max Weber, and many others.

Religion and Democracy in Latin America

Author: William H. Swatos
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412832926
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

Drawn from the pages of Sociological Analysis/Sociology of Religion, this collection of original essays demonstrates the complexity of the religious structure of Latin America, discussing interactions among Protestant and Roman Catholic religious movements, and democratic as well as antidemocratic political agendas.

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Author: William M. Johnston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136787164
Release Date: 2013-12-04
Genre: Reference

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Bible Made Impossible

Author: Christian Smith
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441241511
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Religion

Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate. The paperback edition adds a new chapter responding to the conversation that the cloth edition has sparked.

Education s Highest Aim

Author: Michael James
Publisher: New City Press
ISBN: 9781565483361
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

Presents the thoughts and experiences of researchers, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders who have applied a theoretical and practical framework derived from Chiara Lubich's spirituality of unity to their various scenes of teaching and learning.

The Sacred Project of American Sociology

Author: Christian Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199377145
Release Date: 2014-07-03
Genre: Religion

Counter to popular perceptions, contemporary American sociology is and promotes a profoundly sacred project at heart. Sociology today is in fact animated by sacred impulses, driven by sacred commitments, and serves a sacred project. Sociology appears on the surface to be a secular, scientific enterprise--its founding fathers were mostly atheists. Its basic operating premises are secular and naturalistic. Sociologists today are disproportionately not religious, compared to all Americans, and often irreligious. The Sacred Project of American Sociology shows, counter-intuitively, that the secular enterprise that everyday sociology appears to be pursuing is actually not what is really going on at sociology's deepest level. Christian Smith conducts a self-reflexive, tables-turning, cultural and institutional sociology of the profession of American sociology itself, showing that this allegedly secular discipline ironically expresses Emile Durkheim's inescapable sacred, exemplifies its own versions of Marxist false consciousness, and generates a spirited reaction against Max Weber's melancholically observed disenchantment of the world. American sociology does not escape the analytical net that it casts over the rest of the ordinary world. Sociology itself is a part of that very human, very social, often very sacred and spiritual world. And sociology's ironic mis-recognition of its own sacred project leads to a variety of arguably self-destructive and distorting tendencies. This book re-asserts a vision for what sociology is most important for, in contrast with its current commitments, and calls sociologists back to a more honest, fair, and healthy vision of its purpose.

Latino Catholicism

Author: Timothy M. Matovina
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691139791
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Religion

Discusses the growing population of Hispanic-Americans worshipping in the Catholic Church in the United States.

How Parties Win

Author: Sean D McGraw
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472036127
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Genre: Political Science

Studies Irish party politics chiefly from the 1970s onward within a comparative framework.

New Generations of Catholic Sisters

Author: Mary Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)
ISBN: 9780199316847
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Religion

The international media spotlight on the tension between the Vatican and the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious necessitates a comprehensive study of religious life for women in America. This book answers the call by examining contemporary religious life, particularly among women who have entered religious institutes in the United States since the end of the Second Vatican Council. Using two in-depth surveys of the entire population of women who became sisters during this period, the study presents a rich, multilayered portrait of women religious, highlighting the voices of those generations who entered after 1965. It provides up-to-date demographics for women's religious institutes in the United States; a summary of canon law locating religious life within the various forms of life in the Church; and data on the views of post-Vatican II entrants regarding ministry, identity, prayer, spirituality, the vows, and community. Beginning each chapter with an engaging narrative, the authors explore how different generations of Catholic women first became attracted to vowed religious life and what kinds of religious orders they are seeking. The book concludes with recommendations for further understanding of generations within religious life and within the Church and society. Because of its breadth and depth, this book will be regarded by scholars, the media, and practitioners as the definitive sociological study of religious life in the U.S. for many years to come.

Religious Diversity and Social Change

Author: Kevin J. Christiano
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521341450
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Religion

Floods of immigration and rapid industrialization and urbanization in America at the turn of the century set in motion the transformation of many long-established institutions. This book examines specific ways in which cultural changes affected the structure of the religious establishment. Statistical models are applied to United States Census data from 1890 and 1906 on city and church populations, revealing connections between the growth of cities, the increase in literacy, and the formation of ethnic subcommunities that led to a new level of religious diversity. The author analyses evidence of growing competition among churches and of a level of individual commitment to congregations, demonstrating that the patterns of religious community established at the turn of the century provided the basis for the current denominational system. The author further analyses the relationship of religious diversity to urban secularization, as well as its role as a catalyst to sectarian conflict. In offering a quantitative assessment of issues central to the history of American religion, this book is a significant contribution to the study of religion in America.

Keeping Faith

Author: Jeffrey M. Burns
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781597529082
Release Date: 2006-09-01
Genre: Religion

The Catholic Church in the United States has always been an immigrant church, from the earliest arrivals of the Spanish and English, to the influx of Irish, Germans, Italians, and other Europeans in the nineteenth century, to the most recent arrivals from the Philippines and Vietnam. Over two centuries countless laymen and laywomen worked with priests and religious to build and support churches and schools, laying the foundation for the Catholic Church in the United States. The wealth of original documents and photographs in Keeping Faith provides as no other source does a thorough and compelling portrait of these immigrants and their impact on the American Catholic institutions and American Catholic experience.