David Martin is a pioneer of a political sociology of religion that integrates a combined analysis of nationalism and political religions with the history of religion. He was one of the first critics of the so-called secularization thesis, and his historical orientation makes him one of the few outstanding scholars who have continued the work begun by Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. This collection provides the first scholarly overview of his hugely influential work and includes a chapter written by David Martin himself.
Starting with an introduction that contextualises David Martin’s theories on the sociology of religion, both currently and historically, this volume aims to cover David Martin’s lifework in its entirety. An international panel of contributors sheds new light on his studies of particular geographical areas (Britain, Latin America, Scandinavia) and on certain systematic fields (secularization, violence, music, Pentecostalism, the relation between sociology and theology). David Martin’s concluding chapter addresses the critical points raised in response to his theories.
This book addresses one of the key figures in the development of the sociology of religion, and as such it will be of great interest to all scholars of the sociology of religion.
'This rich collection provides a long-overdue assessment of the seminal work of David Martin within and beyond the sociology of religion. It covers the key topics of secularization, differentiation, boundaries between sociology and theology, and much more besides. A wide spectrum of experts is needed to provide a critical understanding of David Martin’s pioneering and far-reaching work. The result is impressive.'
Robin Gill, Editor of Theology and Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent, UK.
1 Introduction: More Weberian Than Weber? David Martin’s Political Sociology of Religion
2 David Martin’s Theory of Secularisation
3 Revising Secularization Theory‘s Paradigmatic Core – David Martin on General Processes, Basic Patterns and Causal Mechanisms of Differentiation between Religion and Politics
4 The One and the Many Stories: How to Reconcile Sense-Making and Fact-Checking in the Secularization Narrative
5 Understanding Religion in Modern Britain: Taking the Long View
6 Parallel Reformations in Latin America: A Critical Review of David Martin's Interpretation of the Pentecostal Revolution
7 David Martin on Scandinavia and Music
8 Taking Religion Back Out: On the Secular Dynamics of Armed Conflicts and the Potentials of Religious Peace Making
9 Converting. A General Theory of David Martin
10 Thinking With Your Life
Bibliography of David Martin’s Work