This book, first published in 1991, examines the unreligious of America. Most sociologists of religion viewed religious belief and behaviour as having strong positive function for individual well-being – with the implicit assumption that unreligious individuals would lack meaning in life. This book applies statistical approaches to modelling causality as it analyses a controversial topic in American sociology.
1. Why Study the Unreligious? 2. Defining the Unreligious 3. A Sociological Profile of the Unreligious 4. The Psychological Well-Being of the Unreligious 5. Meaning and Purpose Orientations Among the Unreligious 6. Explanations for Being and Becoming Unreligious 7. Summary and Discussion of Roads Untaken
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.