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Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion





ISBN 9781138292246
Published February 9, 2017 by Routledge
116 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Hans Mol was born in the Netherlands during the 1920s. His imprisonment by the Gestapo during World War II began a long intellectual journey, exploring the role of religion in society. His work on the sociology of religion throughout the 20th and 21st Century is distinctive in its quest for both methodological and existential balance





Part One of this book includes a brief outline of Mol’s most influential theory as originally explicated in Identity and the Sacred (1976). This is followed by a look at the initial reception of that theory in relation to the competing concepts of Mol’s contemporaries. Part Two is comprised of four previously-unpublished essays written by Mol during the 70s and 80s. Covering topics from evolution to evangelicalism, the papers display the sweeping ambition of this sociologist as well as the tone and contours of his intellectual articulation. In the Postscript this volume concludes with select transcripts of interviews conducted between Adam Powell and Hans Mol during the Spring of 2012.





This volume of Mol’s work will be of keen interest to academics and students with an interest in the sociology of religion post-World War II and the development of contemporary Christian theology.

Table of Contents

PART I HANS MOL: THEORY AND PLACE



One: Religion as Process: Introducing Identity Theory



Two: Function or Fallacy: Reconsidering Identity Theory



PART II THE HANS MOL PAPERS



Proem



Three: Introduction to Appraisal and Application - Hans Mol



Four: Evolutionary Origins of Authority and Wholeness - Hans Mol



Five: Consciousness, Identity and Religion - Hans Mol



Six: The Social Effect of Conservative/Evangelical Religion - Hans Mol





Postscript: An Interview with Hans Mol

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Biography

Adam J. Powell is COFUND Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK. He has presented numerous papers and lectures on the sociological theories of Hans Mol and has previously published an edited collection on Hans Mol’s work entitled Sacred Selves, Sacred Settings (2015).

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