9780520222021

Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520222021

  • ISBN10:

    0520222024

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/1/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

The authors offer a new, comprehensive paradigm for the social scientific study of religion. The book sets out to explain *why* people are religious and have the need to be religious, without discrediting organized religions as something foolish or irrational.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Atheism, Faith, and the Social Scientific Study of Religion 1(26)
PART ONE PARADIGMS IN CONFLICT
A New Look at Old Issues
27(15)
Rationality and the ``Religious Mind''
42(15)
Secularization, R.I.P.
57(26)
PART TWO THE RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUAL
The Micro Foundations of Religion
83(31)
Religious Choices: Conversion and Reaffiliation
114(27)
PART THREE THE RELIGIOUS GROUP
Religious Group Dynamics
141(28)
Catholic Religious Vocations: Decline and Revival
169(24)
PART FOUR THE RELIGIOUS ECONOMY
A Theoretical Model of Religious Economies
193(25)
Religious Competition and Commitment: An International Assessment
218(41)
Church-to-Sect Movements
259(18)
Appendix: Propositions and Definitions 277(10)
Notes 287(8)
References 295(30)
Index 325

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