The Changing Face of Religion

The Changing Face of Religion

by James A. Beckford, Thomas Luckmann
     
 

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This innovative book, newly available in paper, examines the global significance of religion, and the different and complex ways in which the role of religion has changed - and is changing - in different societies. Has a process of separating religion from politics been reversed by recent developments? To what extent do the central values and concepts of

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This innovative book, newly available in paper, examines the global significance of religion, and the different and complex ways in which the role of religion has changed - and is changing - in different societies. Has a process of separating religion from politics been reversed by recent developments? To what extent do the central values and concepts of traditional religion remain embedded in a society in which substantial numbers no longer formally follow the faith? How has the balance of religious influence between mainline denominations and 'cults' changed, and what is the significance of such change?

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'Beckford and Luckmann have collected nine intriguing, richly detailed papers, whose importance is well worth the brief time it takes for their study' - Sociological Analysis

'a most useful introduction to, survey and discussion of, the variety of approaches to secularisation and the position of religion in the modern world. The book deserves a central place...' - Reviewing Sociology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803982116
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Series:
SAGE Studies in International Sociology Series , #37
Pages:
192

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