This collection of seventeen essays presents an interactive discussion of critical issues in sociology and religion. Combining reports from empirical research with discussions of theoretical issues, personal reflections, and applied perspectives, the book offers a thorough examination of the sociology-religion interface. The collection brings together experience and analysis in the best sociological tradition, while taking a fundamental, non-reductionist approach toward religious perspectives.
About the Author
WILLIAM H. SWATOS, JR., is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb.
Table of Contents
Issues and Interfaces
Faith, Facts, and Values in the Sociology of Religion by Benton Johnson
Sociology, Christianity,, and Humanity by Jack O. Balswick
Theology and Sociology
Theology Lessons for Sociology by Ronald J. McAllister
The Sociological Theory of H. Richard Niebuhr by William R. Garrett
A Sociological and Fraternal Perspective on James M. Gustafson's Ethics by Paul M. Gustafson
Ethics and the Image of Self in the Theology of Story by L. Shannon Jung
The Sociology of Faith
On Freedom, Love, and Community by George A. Hillery, Jr.
The Power of Prayer: Observations and Possibilities by William H. Swatos, Jr.
The Invisible Religion of Catholic Charismatics by Pierre Hegy
Militant Religion by Eugen Schonfeld
Applying Religious Sociology
The Psychological Captivitiy of Evangelicalism by Jack O. Balswick
Clinical Pastoral Sociology by William H. Swatos, Jr.