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Atheism and Societal Health  

Phil Zuckerman

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This article examines the strong correlation that currently exists between high levels of secularity in a given society positive societal well-being. By looking at the most and least ... More

Buddhist Economics: Scales of Value in Global Exchange  

Matthew King

In addition to summarizing key concerns in Theravāda Buddhist Economics by scholars such as E. F. Schumacher and the Thai monk Payutto, this essay explores how descriptions of the West, ... More

Christian Initiation  

Maxwell E. Johnson

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory ... More

The Christian Reconstruction Movement in U.S. Politics  

Julie Ingersoll

For more than half a century, Rousas John Rushdoony and his followers have articulated and disseminated what they understand to be a biblical worldview, based in aspects of traditional ... More

Cities as One Site for Religion and Violence  

Saskia Sassen

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter covers the question of organized religions in the complex global modernity. It explores a range of interactions between the rise of cities as key global spaces for economic, ... More

Contributions from Queer Theory  

Patrick S. Cheng

This chapter provides an overview of what Christian theologians need to know about queer theory, which is a critical approach to sexuality and gender that challenges the ‘naturalness’ of ... More

Contributions from Sociology  

Marta Trzebiatowska

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sociologists are concerned with the way human behaviour is patterned. They look for plausible explanations of phenomena that strike them as important due to their objective prevalence in ... More

Demography  

Sergio Della Pergola

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
The scientific study of the Jewish population, also known as demography of the Jews or Jewish demography, does not actually claim the status of a distinct discipline. It is an area of ... More

Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle  

Harvey Whitehouse and Brian McQuinn

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates one of the most powerful mechanisms by which groups may be formed, inspired, and coordinated—ritual—which may be defined as normative behavior with an ... More

Modern Jewish Society and Sociology  

Harvey E. Goldberg

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
The social-scientific study of Judaism is a modern phenomenon just as are the social sciences themselves. Several themes run through various efforts to study Jews and Judaism in ... More

Penance  

Allan D. Fitzgerald, OSA

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
The study of penance in the early church can be challenging because of the variety of opinions among scholars; it can also be difficult because of the apparent diversity in penitential ... More

Pilgrimage  

Georgia Frank

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
Early Christian pilgrimage involved a journey to a place in order to gain access to sacred power, whether manifested in living persons, demarcated spaces, or specific objects. Movement ... More

Prophetic Failure in Millennial Movements  

Lorne L. Dawson

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Oct 2011
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Jan 2012
Millennial movements are almost always focused on prophecies predicting future events. This article deals with the issue of prophetic failures and their ramifications. The social standing ... More

Religion and Spirituality  

Heinz Streib and Constantin Klein

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Nov 2016
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Jun 2017
An enormous change in the semantic field of religion has occurred, by which ‘spirituality’ has emerged as a serious competitor for ‘religion.’ This chapter presents selected results of a ... More

Religion and Violence from a Sociological Perspective  

John R. Hall

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the circumstances of violence in a way that identifies alternative “domains” in which religious concatenations of violence arise. Despite the fluidity of ... More

A Sociotheological Approach to Understanding Religious Violence  

Mark Juergensmeyer and Mona Kanwal Sheikh

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter tries to illustrate that there has been a “sociotheological turn” in contemporary scholarship which encourages social scientists to take stock of the religious justifications ... More

Theology and Practice in Evangelical Churches  

Andrew Goddard

This chapter examines the continuities, development, and diversity found among evangelical Christians as they explore different patterns of evangelical response to new and challenging ... More

Violence and Justice  

Pamela Cooper-White

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sexuality is a domain of experience that has been variously described as embodied, deeply personal, intimate, ecstatic, and even sacred. Yet, precisely because of some of these qualities ... More

Wives and Husbands  

Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi

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Nov 2014
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Jun 2014
The chapter provides an overview of recent developments in the theology and ethics of marriage. It places the debates first in a sociocultural context of deinstitutionalization and ... More

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