Religion in Modern Times: An Interpretive Anthology

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This volume brings together a selection of readings which illustrate and analyse religion's encounters with the forces of modernization - including nationalism, capitalism, colonialism, democracy, gender and identity politics." "Drawing on scholarly analysis, empirical research and concrete examples, the book offers a picture of a religious world which is increasingly characterized by the coexistence of: old faiths and new spiritualities, a turn to tradition and a turn to experience, decline and revival, ...
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Overview

This volume brings together a selection of readings which illustrate and analyse religion's encounters with the forces of modernization - including nationalism, capitalism, colonialism, democracy, gender and identity politics." "Drawing on scholarly analysis, empirical research and concrete examples, the book offers a picture of a religious world which is increasingly characterized by the coexistence of: old faiths and new spiritualities, a turn to tradition and a turn to experience, decline and revival, privatization and political militancy, tolerance and intolerance." "Religion in Modern Times offers a new framework and language for making sense of religion today.
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"Taken as a whole, this anthology is highly illuminating. Despite its size, it is eminently readable. It is detailed, well structured, and well argued, compiled by editors who "know their stuff". However, a great strength also lies in the fact that it can be "dipped" into and used as a tool for examining particular issues or for exploring interesting avenues. It is thought-provoking and provides the reader with options for further reading and research. Although the intention of the volume is ambitious, it provides both the benefits of an edited collection as well as well-argued analysis. It is an important, innovative work that is very timely." Journal of Contemporary Religion

This is an extremely valuable collection. It touches on important issues that will make it very widely used in religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies courses.’ – Robert N. Bellah, University of California at Berkeley

‘If my students were directed to this book, it would be an excellent opportunity for them to browse in areas they would not otherwise have entered into.’ – Eileen Barker, Professor of Sociology, The London School of Economics and Political Science

‘If one wants to use a Reader in the area, I’m sure that this one would be an excellent device.’ – Peter Berger, Director, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University

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Meet the Author

Linda Woodhead is Lecturer in Christian Studies at Lancaster University. Until recently she was Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and she is currently Review Editor of Modern Believing and a co-editor of Cultural Values (Blackwell Publishers).

Paul Heelas is Professor of Religion and Modernity at Lancaster University. He is the author of The New Age Movement (Blackwell Publishers, 1996) and editor of Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity (Blackwell Publishers, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Volume 1
Pt. 1 Varieties
Ch. 1 Mapping Cultures 17
Ch. 2 Religions of Difference 27
Ch. 3 Religions of Humanity 70
Ch. 4 Spiritualities of Life 110
Ch. 5 Combinations 148
Pt. 2 Contexts
Ch. 6 Economic 173
Ch. 7 Political 214
Ch. 8 Difference: Gendered and Ethnic 264
Pt. 3 Trends
Ch. 9 Secularization 307
Ch. 10 Detraditionalization 342
Ch. 11 Universalization 386
Ch. 12 Sacralization 429
Conclusion 476
References 496
Index of Names 504
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