Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion in Our World is organized around the biggest questions that arrise in the field of sociology of religion.This is a new text for the sociology of religion course. Instead of surveying this field systematically, the text focuses on the major questions that generate the most discussion and debate in the sociology of religion field.
"Good coverage of theory, authoritative, covers many major issues."
Kenneth Mentor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
"It is comprehensive and well written. It is for students serious about learning the background of the law."
Becky da Cruz, Armstrong Atlantic University
"This text makes the field relevant to students."
Robert Koulish, Philadelphia University
Section I Getting Acquainted 1 Why Religion? 2 "You Believe What?" 3 Downloading God, "Big Box" Churches, and the Crystal Shop Around the Corner Section II The Shape of Religion 4 Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? 5 God’s Not Dead (and Neither is the Goddess!) 6 Our God Rules (Yours Doesn’t) Section III Religion, Conflict and the State 7 Divine rights and casting down the mighty from their thrones 8 Give us our due Section IV Religion, Identity and Social Inequalities 9 Adam, Eve, and Steve 10 The (Not So Great) Color Wall of the U.S. 11 Who Brought the Enchiladas to My Bar Mitzvah? Section V More Big Questions 12 Godless science? Irrational religion? 13 The end of days? Religion and environmentalism 14 Do we need God to do good?
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