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Religion

What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters

Christian Smith

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Princeton University Pres
26 March 2019
A groundbreaking new theory of religion Religion remains an important influence in the world today, yet the social sciences are still not adequately equipped to understand and explain it. This book advances an innovative theory of religion that goes beyond the problematic theoretical paradigms of the past. Drawing on the philosophy of critical r
By:   Christian Smith
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191645
ISBN 10:   0691191646
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   26 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and was founding director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. His books include To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil.

Reviews for Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters

Winner of the 2018 SSSR Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Deeply informed and accessible. --Kevin Schilbrack, author of Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto A lucidly written book that should be widely read by students of religion. --Carl Olson, Reading Religion Highly recommended. --Choice [A] substantial, richly informed book. --James Ryerson, New York Times Book Review A significant reinterpretation of religion that will be very useful to a wide range of scholars. --Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths Articulate, accessible, and engaging, this book is recommended for students as well as seasoned scholars. --Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University


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