Acts of Faith
Explaining the Human Side of Religion
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Acts of Faith by Rodney Stark
Book DescriptionFinally, social scientists have begun to attempt to understand religious behavior rather than to discredit it as irrational, ignorant, or foolish--and Rodney Stark and Roger Finke have played a major role in this new approach. Acknowledging that science cannot assess the supernatural side of religion (and therefore should not claim to do so), Stark and Finke analyze the observable, human side of faith. In clear and engaging prose, the authors combine explicit theorizing with animated discussions as they move from considering the religiousness of individuals to the dynamics of religious groups and then to the religious workings of entire societies as religious groups contend for support. The result is a comprehensive new paradigm for the social-scientific study of religion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520222021
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rodney Stark
Triumph of Faith, Hardback (November 2015)View all books by Rodney Stark
Believe it or not, the world is more religious than ever before-and bestselling author Rodney Stark has the numbers to prove it: Stark explodes the myth that people around the world are abandoning religion for secularism-and he shows why the growth of religion matters.
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Author Biography - Rodney Stark
Rodney Stark is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. Among his many books are The Rise of Christianity (1996), The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation (California, 1985), and, with Roger Finke, The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy (1992). Roger Finke is Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University.
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