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The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society

The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society

by William H. Swatos
     
 

Currently, public religion is in a time of flux and the notion of the common good—once associated with the Protestant voice in America—is openly contested by new religious coalitions seeking to communicate their version of the truth and plant their stake in the public domain. This edited volume reflects on the changing tone and form of the public voice of

Overview

Currently, public religion is in a time of flux and the notion of the common good—once associated with the Protestant voice in America—is openly contested by new religious coalitions seeking to communicate their version of the truth and plant their stake in the public domain. This edited volume reflects on the changing tone and form of the public voice of religion, on its function in American society, and on its relationship to the private world of religion. It proposes that public religion, when exercised in a civil and accountable way, can be a responsible and prophetic voice in public life and enrich the American experiment in liberal democracy. The contributors—first-rate scholars including Martin Marty and Robert Belah—focus on public religion's influence on controversial issues such as multiculturalism, economic inequality, abortion, and homosexuality.

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"This is a thought-provoking book….[U]seful in graduate classes on organizational theory and, of course, religion. General Rev Srce Contemporary Sociology." - Contemporary Sociology

"The essays in the collection are accessible and well written, and reflect the level of scholarship brought by the contributing authors. [T]he collection is a pleasure to read, and provides much food for thought about the ramifications of religion engaged in the world. An important subject for anyone interested in the life and interaction of religious bodies, this collection will also provide those engaged in public life religious communities much to think about." - Sociology of Religion

Booknews
Swatos, Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and Wellman, associate pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, are joined by renowned scholars in the sociology of religion in this collection of articles discussing various aspects of the concept of public religion. Topics include religion in the creation of a common American culture, the study of religion, religion and homosexuality, public religion and economic inequality, and how religion and morality fit in with the deprivatization of America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275964788
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1999
Series:
Religion in the Age of Transformation Series
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

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"Public religion is the central ideological conundrum in American society today, and this excellent set of essays provides the best overview of the subject that I know."
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"Public religion is the central ideological conundrum in American society today, and this excellent set of essays provides the best overview of the subject that I know."

Meet the Author

WILLIAM H. SWATOS, JR. is Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and of the Religious Research Association. He is the editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Religion and Society (1998) and the author or editor of numerous scholarly monographs, including Religious Sociology: Interfaces and Boundaries (Greenwood, 1987) and Religious Politics in Global and Comparative Perspective (Greenwood, 1989).

JAMES K. WELLMAN, JR. is a Lecturer in the Comparative Religion Program at the University of Washington. He is a Presbyterian minister and has served churches in Pennsylvania and most recently in Chicago, Illinois. His study of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, The Gold Coast Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism, will be published in 1999.

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