Religion in the Modern World
From Cathedrals to Cults
By (author) Steve Bruce
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Religion in the Modern World by Steve Bruce
Book DescriptionThe people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world 'pick and mix' their own religions, Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, this book offers a comprehensive sociological description and explanation of the changes in the religious life of Western society that have accompanied modernization. This major new book from a leading sociologist of religion tracks the Church's changing role from monolith to Sect, to Denomination, and at the end of the twentieth century, to the Cult. What were the forces that brought about this change? What is the real role for the Church in the modern world? Professor Steve Bruce answers these questions in a clearly argued and accessible way. Including substantial chapters on religion in the USA, religion and ethnicity, and the New Age, Religion in the Modern World is an invaluable resource for students of sociology, religion or history and anyone with a real interest in looking behind the headlines for the place of religion in today's society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198781516
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Steve Bruce
Religion in Secular Society, Hardback (October 2016)
A reissue Religion in Secular Society (1966) by Bryan Wilson (1926-2004), a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford for thirty years and one of the leading sociologists of religion of the twentieth century.
Why are Women More Religious Than Men?, Paperback (September 2014)
A state-of-the-art review of social research on the question of why women are more religious than men for those interested in one of the largest differences between male and female behaviour.
Scottish Gods, Hardback (March 2014)
Explores Scotland's transformation from the largely devout Presbyterian country of 1900, with the church as a major social force, to the diverse, more secular society of today, when less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church. This book looks at the decline in the Protestant-Catholic divide.
Secularization, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Steve Bruce
Secularization remains one of the most hotly debated topics in the study of religion in modern societies. Steve Bruce elaborates the sociological secularization paradigm and defends it against a wide variety of recent attempts at rebuttal and refutation.
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Author Biography - Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of many books, including Religion in Modern Britain, The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right, The Red Hand, and The Edge of the Union, and the co-editor of The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the United States Approaches the Year 2000.
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