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A theory of religion

Author: Rodney Stark; William Sims Bainbridge
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This work on the sociology of religion begins with basic statements about human nature, and then, employing principles of logic and philosophy, builds towards complex pronouncements on societies and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Stark; William Sims Bainbridge
ISBN: 0813523303 9780813523309
OCLC Number: 34514856
Notes: Originally published: New York : Lang, 1987, in series: Toronto studies in religion ; vol. 2. With new foreword.
Description: 386 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Towards a general theory of religion --
The core theory : religious commitment --
Evolution of the Gods --
Priests and magicians --
Sects : emergence of schismatic religious movements --
Cults : formation of innovative religious movements --
Affiliation with sects and cults --
Evolution of religious movements --
Secularization, revival and experimentation --
A social science of religion.
Responsibility: Rodney Stark, William Sims Bainbridge.

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