Sociology of Religion
A Rodney Stark Reader
Imprint: Baylor University Press
Sales Date: 2015-07-31
648 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: July 2015
For the last five decades, Rodney Stark has been one of sociology’s most prolific and important scholars of religion. The theoretical depth, the scientific rigor, and the clarity of style manifested in Stark’s oeuvre—over 30 books and 140 articles—have made his work the standard texts. Stark’s research career encompasses a wide spectrum of the necessary topics in sociology of religion. He has applied groundbreaking theory and method to issues of secularization, religion and society, religious movements, social theory, and the history of religion.
Sociology of Religion: A Rodney Stark Reader mirrors Stark’s influential career by highlighting these very topics. In this anthology, Stark’s significant articles are not only, for the first time, collected together but also clearly organized according to the thematic trajectory of Stark’s carefully developed theory of religion. This volume is the essential reader for any scholar, teacher, or student encountering the work of one of this century’s most compelling sociologists.
Section I: THEORY AND METHODOLOGY1. A Taxonomy of Religious Experience2. A Theory of Revelations3. Micro Foundations of Religion4. Religious Effects5. Putting an End to Ancestor Worship6. Discovering Data on Religion
Section II: SECULARIZATION7. Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation8. Secularization, Revival, and Experimentation9. A Supply-Side Reinterpretation of the "Secularization" of Europe10. Secularization, R.I.P.
Section III: RELIGION AND SOCIETY11. Religion and Conformity12. Religion and the Moral Order13. Physiology and Faith14. Upper Class Asceticism15. Conversion to Latin American Protestantism and the Case for Religious Motivation
Section IV: RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT16. Church and Sect17. Cult Formation18. Networks of Faith19. Rebellion, Repressive Regimes, and Religious Movements20. Why Religious Movements Succeed or Fail
Section V: SOCIAL THEORY AND HISTORY21. Why "Mainline" Denominations Decline22. One True God23. Extracting Social Scientific Models from Mormon History24. God, Ritual, and Social Science25. Cities of God26. Revelation, Cultural Evolution, and Discovering God27. God’s Battalions28. The Triumph of Christianity
This reader wonderfully displays both the breadth and brilliance of Rodney Stark's research. For new scholars, it offers an engaging introduction to Stark's vast trove of research; for research veterans, it is a fun, awe inspiring tour of a remarkable research career.~Roger Finke, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, the Pennsylvania State University and Director, the Association of Religion Data Archives
Rodney Stark is a major force to be reckoned with in the sociology of religion. In this book, a wide variety of Stark’s key intellectual contributions are brought together between two covers for readers interested in an introduction to his theory and analysis. These selections provide readers with a very good exposure to Stark’s oeuvre.~Christian Smith, Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
A Rodney Stark Reader is perhaps the definitive collection of sociology’s well-known contrarian. Here is a thorough anthology of Stark’s most influential and seminal essays, articles, and book chapters.~Benjamin Crace, Nova Religio