Most Sociology of Religion texts are decidedly staid and uninteresting, covering "contemporary" developments which are contemporary only if viewed from a disciplinary perspective. They are not contemporary if viewed from the perspective of the religion's practioners (in religious and non-religious settings) and students. The textbooks that attempt to be interesting to undergraduate students often fall short because they either try to cover too much in an encyclopedic format, or sacrifice a sociological perspective for a personal one. Many use real-life examples only superficially to illustrate concepts.
Lundskow's approach is the oppositestudents will learn the facts of religion in its great diversity, all the most interesting and compelling beliefs and practices, and then learn relevant concepts that can be used to explain empirical observations. The book thus follows the logic of actual researchinvestigate and then analyzerather than approaching concepts with no real bearing on how religion is experienced in society. This approach, using provocative examples and with an eye toward the historical and theoretical, not to mention global experience of religion, will make this book a success in the classroom.
The author envisions a substantive approach that examines religion as it actually exists in all its forms, including belief, ritual, daily living, identity, institutions, social movements, social control, and social change. Within these broad categories, the book will devote particular chapters to important historical moments and movements, leaders, and various individual religions that have shaped the contemporary form and effect ofreligion in the world today.
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About the Author
George Lundskow recently edited and published a book on new developments in religion. This textbook is in many ways an extension of that book conceptually, that religion today is best understood through example, examined closely, not through summaries of classical theorists, literature reviews of famous scholars, or abstract concepts. Rather, let’s present students with interesting, factual information, relevant concepts, and let them critically analyze what is happening and why.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Theory Sociological Theory and Religion Death and the Meaning of Life Classical Theory Emile Durkheim Karl Marx Max Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Rise of Capitalism Charisma Of Priests and ProphetsEstablishment versus Charisma Middle SociologyWorld War II and its Aftermath Race: The Great Religious Divider in the United States The Evil Enemy Women as Other Religion after World War II Theory and Religion Today References and Further ReadingChapter 2A Sociological History of ReligionSection i Premodern Religion The Dawn of Religion Social Change and two Great Shifts Polytheism Inclusive Monotheism (Henotheism) Exclusive Monotheism Transition from Paganism to Christianity What Happened to Paganism? The Role of Class The Role of Culture The Engines of Religious Change The Medieval Period Schism and Crusades Early Modern Period The Witch Craze Rise and Transformation of the Work EthicSection ii. Religion in Modern Times Modern Times Vital Religious Experience and Personal Volition: The First and Second Great Awakenings Religion and Race: Slavery and Its Aftermath American Evangelicalism The Rise of Progressivism and Fundamentalism Religion and the Rise of Modern Manhood Progressivism American Innovation: The Democratization of Religion The Twentieth Century Civil Rights and the Vietnam War Fundamentalist Resurgence Religion after the Cold War Religion Today and in the Near Future ReferencesChapter 3 Superstition and the Supernatural Introduction Sparta and Athens The Virgin Mary in a Small German Village Witches and the Devil in Salem Discussion ReferencesChapter 4 Alternative Religion Introduction Analytical Concepts On the Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Vacancy of the Self in Modern Life ConformityThe Case of the Latter-day Churches InnovationThe Case of Unitarian Universalism RitualismThe Case of Roman Catholic Traditionalism RetreatismVoudou in the New World Caribbean Variations Cuba Haiti RevolutionThe Case of Native-American Resistance References and Further ReadingChapter 5 Religious Intolerance and Violence Introduction Exclusive Monotheism IconsIntolerance of Religious Imagery The CatharsIntolerance of Heresy Discussion Violence and Intolerance in Modern Times Fundamentalism Islam Women’s Fundamentalism in the Middle East Christianity Fundamentalism in the USThe Christian Right Christian Violence Hinduism Discussion Authoritarianism Conclusions ReferencesChapter 6 Evil Sociological Relevance Evil Around the World Polynesia Vedism China and Japan Native America The Persians Co-Discussion“Gods and Devils” by Mark P. Worrell References and Further ReadingChapter 7 Cults Introduction Millerites Branch DavidiansFrom Alternative Religion to Cult Charles Manson and the Family Degradation RitualsThe Process of Cult Initiation The Leader and the Message Heaven’s Gate DiscussionWhat Cults Really Are References and Further ReadingChapter 8 Emergent Religion Introduction Revival and Emergence Neopaganism Beliefs and History Margot Adler Starhawk Ethnographic TestimoniesOriginal Research New Evangelicalism Comparisons The Differences References and Further ReadingChapter 9 Globalization Introduction Haré KrishnaIndian Religion Arrives in the US Pentecostalism Roman Catholicism Global ClashesRussia Poland Co-DiscussionCatholic Fundamentalism in Poland by Agnieszka Koscianska Co-Discussion "I’m Muslim by God’s Grace; I’m Gay by God’s Grace”: Reconciling a Queer Muslim Identity in America by Mahruq Khan Types of Religious Experience References and Further ReadingChapter 10 Religion Beyond Religion Introduction Heavy Metal Hierophany On the RoadA Journey of Discovery Metal and GothsContrasts Sports Branding Jesus, CEO Co-DiscussionGod the Economist? Economics and Religion in an Inter-Faith Business Organization by Sadie Pendaz References and Further Reading