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.
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