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Religion in Society

A Sociology of Religion, 8th Edition

By Ronald L. Johnstone


448 pages

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For junior/senior-level courses in Religion and Society in departments of Sociology and Religious Studies. Using an unbiased, balanced approach, the 8th edition of this text puts religion in its social context by discussing the impact of society on religion and helps students understand the role and function of religion in society that occur regardless of anyone's claims about the truth or falsity of religious systems.

Table of Contents

PART I INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective The Task of Sociology Central Sociological Assumptions The Sociology of Religion Defining Religion The Characteristics of Religion A Working Definition of Religion The Definition Applied to "Magic" Final Reflection on the Definition of Religion A Concluding Historical Note: The Development of the Sociology of Religion Notes Chapter 2: The Sources of Religion Revelation As Origin The "Natural-Knowledge-Of-God" Explanation Anthropological Explanations Psychological Explanations Sociological Views Rational Choice Theory Conclusion Notes PART II THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF RELIGION Chapter 3: Religion As A Group Phenomenon Religion and the Characteristics of a Group Religion and the Five Functional Prerequisites of Group Life The Effects of Increasing Group Size The Bureaucratization of Religion Religious Leadership Notes Chapter 4: The Church-Sect Continuum of Religious Organization The Sect The Church The Denomination The Formation of Sects The Impact of Deprivation on Sect Development The Evolution of Sects The Institutionalized Sect The Cult Other Non-American Cults Refinements of the Church-Sect Typology Notes Chapter 5: Becoming Religious Elements in Religious Socialization Methods of Religious Socialization Measuring the Impact of Religious Socialization Sociological Definitions of Religiosity: Group Affiliation Sociological Definitions of Religiosity: The Individual Approach Sociological Measures of Religiosity: Multidimensional Measures Internalization of Religion Religious Conversion Deconversion Deprogramming Conclusion Notes Chapter 6: Religious Conflict Conflict Theory According to Karl Marx Religious Conflict in History Contemporary Examples of Religious Conflict Intrareligious Conflict Challenges to Society from Religious Groups Conclusion Notes PART III RELIGION IN SOCIETY Chapter 7: Religion and Politics The Relationship of Religion and Politics The Influence of Religion on Politics Civil Religion Religion and Politics in the Third World Notes Chapter 8: Religious Fundamentalism The Concept of Fundamentalism: Its Origin and Use Protestant Fundamentalism Jewish Fundamentalism Islamic Fundamentalism The Future Notes Chapter 9: Religion and the Economy Religion as an Economic Institution Religion as a Shaper of Economic Attitudes and Behavior An Assessment of the Relationship between Religion and Economics Notes Chapter 10: Religion and the Class System Differences in Religious Meaning and Expression among Social Classes Differential Denominational Affiliation by Social Class Social Stratification within Religious Groups Stratification, Religion, and Race Notes Chapter 11: Women and Religion The Relationship of Women to Religion as Societies Evolved The Historical Patterns Contemporary Responses Female-Dominated Religions Predictions Application of Rational Choice Theory Conclusion Notes PART IV RELIGION IN AMERICA Chapter 12: Major Historical Developments Intolerant Beginnings The Constitutional Compromise The Frontier Challenge The Ordeal of Pluralism Religious Social Concern The Post-World War II Revival Notes Chapter 13: Black and Native American Religion in America The Historical Development of the Black Church as a Social Institution Militancy in the Black Church New Themes in Black Religion Other Religious Options for African Americans Native American Religion Notes Chapter 14: Denominational Society The Multiplicity of Groups The Diversity of Groups Major Denominational Families Special Interest Religious Groups Ecumenism The Megachurch Phenomenon The Continued Viability of Denominationalism Notes Chapter 15: The Future of Religion Level of Religious Activity The Growth and Decline of Membership Impending Protestant Loss of Majority Religious Position The Dilemmas of Roman Catholicism Continuity in the Traditional Social Functions of Religion The Factor of Secularization The Conflict over the Purpose of Religion Conclusion Notes Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion