This book, first published in 1947, presents the then-new subject of sociology of religion in systematic and historical theology and in the science of religion, in political theory and the social sciences, in philosophy and psychology, in philology and anthropology. Its intention is to bridge the gulf between the study of religion and the social sciences, an exercise that draws strongly upon cultural anthropology.
1. The Method 2. Religious Experience and Its Expression 3. Sociological Consequences 4. Religion and Society: Religion and Natural Groups 5. Specifically Religious Organization of Society 6. Religion and Society: Religion and Differentiation within Society 7. Religion and Society: Religion and the State 8. Types of Religious Authority 9. Conclusion