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Virtuous Pagans
Unreligious People in America

ISBN 9780367024796
Published September 15, 2020 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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