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Society, spirituality, and the sacred : a social scientific introduction

Author: Don Swenson
Publisher: Peterborough, Ont., Canada ; New York : Broadview Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work makes a much-needed contribution to teaching and learning about the various forms of religious belief and action in our world." - Kevin J. Christiano, University of Notre Dame

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Swenson
ISBN: 1551112426 9781551112428
OCLC Number: 46634409
Description: 432 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements List of Figures Part One: World Views, Social Boundaries, Religious Experiences, and Institutions 1. The Definitional and Theoretical Bases for the Social Scientific Study of Religion 2. Religious Experience 3. Religious Experience and Social Institutions Part Two: The Dilemmas in the Institutionalization of Religion 4. The Dilemma of Interpretation: Religion as a World View: The Study of Mythologies 5. The Dilemma of Mixed Motivation: The Study of Sacred Leadership 6. The Dilemmas of Interpretation and Mixed Motivation: The Study of Women as Leaders 7. The Symbolic Dilemma: The Study of Ritual 8. The Dilemma of Administrative Order: The Rise of Sacred Organizations 9. The Dilemma of Delimitation: The Study of Ethos 10. The Relationship Between Religion and Politics, Part One: Casearopapism and Hierocracy 11. The Relationship Between Religion and Politics, Part Two: Alternative Links Part Three: Linking Religion to Other Institutions 12. Religions and the Economy 13. The Encounter With Culture: Secularization and Postmodernism Conclusion Glossary References "
Responsibility: by Don Swenson.

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