Theology and Sociology: A Reader

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Theology and Sociology: A Reader presents thirty-six extracts, each prefaced by a short explanation. The Editor also offers a General Introduction providing an overview of the relationships between theology and sociology, and identifying the expert ways sociology has been used to inform theology, in particular biblical studies and applied theology. This new and enlarged edition incorporates an additional section on the implications for post-modern culture of the new relationship between theology and sociology, bringing the discussion up to the present day.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304338399
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Enlarged
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Luther's Conception of the Calling 27
2 Prophets and the Routinisation of the Charisma 36
3 Theology and Egoistic Suicide 46
4 Churches and Sects 56
5 The Churches of the Disinherited 69
6 Theology and the Sociology of Knowledge 79
7 Sociological and Theological Perspectives 93
8 Sociology and Theology: Alienation and Original Sin 101
9 Theology and Symbolic Realism 118
10 The Impact of Sociology on Catholic Theology 130
11 Sociology Assessing Theology 145
12 A Theological Assessment of Sociological Explanation 165
13 Transcendence and Unity 178
14 The Sociology of Dogmatics: Niklas Luhmann's Challenge to Theology 191
15 Sociological Method in the Study of Ancient Israel 211
16 Max Weber and Ancient Judaism 225
17 Ancient Israelite Prophecy and Dissonance Theory 238
18 The Sociological Interpretation of the New Testament: The Present State of Research 254
19 Christian Missions and the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance 276
20 Functional Effects of Earliest Christianity 293
21 The Man from Heaven in Johannine Sectarianism 302
22 Social Variables within Applied Theology 319
23 Ethical Commentary and Political Decision 332
24 An Alternative Model for a Missionary Church: An Approach of the Sociology of Organisations 339
25 Systems Pastoral Care 358
26 Religious Ritual in the Church of England 373
27 Pilgrimage as a Liminoid Phenomenon 384
28 Sociology, Theology and Ministry 398
29 Ecclesiology and Sociology 410
30 Milbank's Thesis 429
31 A Theological Critique of Milbank 435
32 An Ecclesial Critique of Milbank 444
33 A Sociological Critique of Milbank 451
34 A Response 461
35 Globalized Religion? 471
36 Mystical Management 486
Select Bibliography 501
Acknowledgements 508
Index 513
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