Originally published in 1992, this remarkable book challenges many of the assumptions governing the Sociology of Religion and the Sociology of Culture by arguing that Western religion is neither science nor morality - it is the promise of happiness. Learned and incisive, it will be essential reading for students of religion, culture and anyone interested in the character of Modernity.
1. Happiness: beyond the sociology of religion 2. Faith: happiness proclaimed 3. Belief: hapiness obscured 4. Morality: happiness postponed 5. Passion: desire for happiness 6. Sensuousness: happiness reclaimed