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Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Religion


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This set collects together in 19 volumes a wealth of texts on Sociology of Religion. An invaluable reference resource, it contains classic books on a wide range of topics, including: religion and violence, religion and family life, religion and society, culture and class.

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A House Divided Protestantism, Schism and Secularization

A House Divided: Protestantism, Schism and Secularization

1st Edition

By Steve Bruce
September 15, 2020

The main concern of this study, first published in 1990, is the part played by Protestantism in the complex of social processes of ‘secularization’. The book deals with the way in which Protestant schism and dissent paved the way for the rise of religious pluralism and toleration; and it also looks...

Christiantown, USA

Christiantown, USA

1st Edition

By Richard Stellway
September 15, 2020

Are Christian families more - or less - strong than other families? How important is sexual satisfaction to marital happiness? What impact does the arrival of children have on a marriage? How does income affect marital satisfaction? What pressures confront employed wives and their families and how ...

Ecstasy and Holiness Counter Culture and the Open Society

Ecstasy and Holiness: Counter Culture and the Open Society

1st Edition

By Frank Musgrove
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1974, argues that the counter culture is not the outcome of alienation, but of opportunity, being the result of a new generational consciousness, an openness which has characterised industrial societies of the West since the 1950s. Its roots lie in economic expansion ...

God's Blueprints A Sociological Study of Three Utopian Sects

God's Blueprints: A Sociological Study of Three Utopian Sects

1st Edition

By John McKelvie Whitworth
September 15, 2020

Viewing the world with abhorrence, members of utopian sects isolate themselves from its influence. As this book, first published in 1975, shows, they seek to establish and promulgate radically distinctive forms of society according to what they claim to be God’s blueprint and which they believe are...

Jehovah's Witnesses The New World Society

Jehovah's Witnesses: The New World Society

1st Edition

By Marley Cole
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1956, is the first authoritative, comprehensive account of the worldwide activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It traces their origins and development, and a special section covers the founding, organization and development of the movement in Great Britain....

Pray TV Televangelism in America

Pray TV: Televangelism in America

1st Edition

By Steve Bruce
September 15, 2020

In this book, first published in 1990, the significance of televangelism in America is examined in detail. This well-informed, measured analysis includes discussion of the place of televangelism in the history of American Protestantism; the styles of leading TV preachers and the televangelical star...

Religion and Advanced Industrial Society

Religion and Advanced Industrial Society

1st Edition

By James A. Beckford
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1989, demonstrates that sociologists have much to gain from a strengthening of the connections between general theories about the changing character of modern western societies and specific studies of religion. It combines an exegesis of sociological classics in the ...

Religion and Social Class The Disruption Years in Aberdeen

Religion and Social Class: The Disruption Years in Aberdeen

1st Edition

By A. Allan MacLaren
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1974, shows how social class and origins in mid-nineteenth century Aberdeen were reflected in religious belief and observance, and how in turn this acted as a catalyst for change in society. Through a detailed analysis of this topic, particularly in relation to the ...

Religion and the Family Youth and the Gang Instinct

Religion and the Family: Youth and the Gang Instinct

1st Edition

By Geoffrey Hoyland
September 15, 2020

The purpose of this book, first published in 1945, is to consider the problem of religion in its relation to the family. Even in 1945 there had been much talk regarding the break-up of family life and the weakening of parental control, and this book examines the role of religion in the social ...

Religion, Aging and Health A Global Perspective: Compiled by the World Health Organization

Religion, Aging and Health: A Global Perspective: Compiled by the World Health Organization

1st Edition

Edited By William M. Clements
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1989, attempts to identify from within religious cultures those elements of tradition, behaviour and lifestyle that are health protective in that, by adhering to them, physical, mental and social wellbeing will be maintained as people grow old. It examines how ...

Rosicrucianism in America

Rosicrucianism in America

1st Edition

By J. Gordon Melton
September 15, 2020

The material in this book, first published in 1990, provides important documentation for the first generation of Rosicrucianism in North America, especially the still vigorous Rosicrucian Fraternity. These chapters reprinted here are so necessary to the understanding of this most occult ...

Social Science and the Cults An Annotated Bibliography

Social Science and the Cults: An Annotated Bibliography

1st Edition

By John A. Saliba
September 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1990, brings together descriptive, comparative, and theoretical materials on cults and sects in Western culture, focusing on literature published since 1970. A historical section links the rise of the new movements to similar past phenomena in Western culture. Other ...

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