ISBN-10:
0520057317
ISBN-13:
9780520057319
Pub. Date:
01/16/1986
Publisher:
University of California Press
The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation / Edition 1

The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation / Edition 1

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Overview

Religion is alive and well in the modern world, and the social-scientific study of religion is undergoing a renaissance. For much of this century, respected social theorists predicted the death of religion as inevitable consequence of science, education, and modern economics. But they were wrong.

Stark and Bainbridge set out to explain the survival of religion. Using information derived from numerous surveys, censuses, historical case studies, and ethnographic field expeditions, they chart the full sweep of contemporary religion from the traditional denominations to the most fervent cults. This wealth of information is located within a coherent theoretical framework that examines religion as a social response to human needs, both the general needs shared by all and the desires specific to those who are denied the economic rewards or prestige enjoyed by the privileged. By explaining the forms taken by religions today, Stark and Bainbridge allow us to understand its persistence in a secular age and its prospects for the future,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520057319
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/16/1986
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Rodney Stark is one of the leading authorities on the sociology of religion. Stark has authored more than 150 scholarly articles and 32 books in 17 different languages, including several widely used sociology textbooks and best-selling titles. William Sims Bainbridge earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 1975. Altogether he has published about 300 articles and written or edited 40 books in a variety of scientific fields.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 The Nature of Religion
2 Of Churches, Sects, and Cults

I THE RELIGIOUS ECNOMY
3 The Spectrum of Faiths
4 Religious Regionalism

II SECT MOVEMENTS
5 The Eternal Exodus: Causes of Religious Dissent
and Schism
6 American-Born Sect Movements
7 Sect Transformation and Upward Mobility:
The Missing Mechanisms
 
III CULTS
8 Three Models of Cult Formation
9 Cult Movements in America: A Reconnaissance
10 Client and Audience Cults in America
11 Cult Membership in the Roaring Twenties
12 Scientology: To Be Perfectly Clear
13 The Rise and Decline of Transcendental Meditation

IV RECRUITMENT
14 Networks of Faith: Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Interpersonal Bonds and Recruitment
to Cults and Sects
15 Friendship, Religion, and the Occult
16 The Arithmetic of Social Movements:
Theoretical Implications
17 The "Consciousness Reformation" Reconsidered
18 Who Joins Cult Movements?

V SOURCES OF RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
19 Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation
20 Church and Cult in Canada
21 Europe's Receptivity to Cults and Sects
22 Rebellion, Repressive Regimes, and Religious Movements

Bibliography
Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Index

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