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Religion in modern Europe: a memory mutates

Religion in modern Europe: a memory mutates – Book Reviews Lina Molokotos-Liederman Religion in modern Europe: a memory mutates, GRACE DAVIE. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 218 pp. $60.00 (cloth), $27.95 (paper). Religion in modem Europe is yet another example of Grace Davie’s commitment to the sociological approach to religion, this time on a […]

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The Roman Catholic Church in Brazil & the Orthodox Church in Russia

Transnational Religions: The Roman Catholic Church in Brazil & the Orthodox Church in Russia Ralph Della Cava Ralph Della Cava (*) This essay examines several current issues facing the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil and the Russian Orthodox Church in the post-Soviet, multi-ethnic republic that is today called the Russian Federation. To the extent possible, […]

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The Catholic “Consistent Life Ethic” and Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment and Welfare Reform

The Catholic “Consistent Life Ethic” and Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment and Welfare Reform Paul Perl Paul Perl [*] American Catholic Bishops have advocated a combination of issue positions that is unique within American political culture. The “consistent life ethic” combines opposition to abortion with liberal stances on other issues conceptualized as life-affirming. Based on evidence […]

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Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia Politics.

Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia Politics. – book reviews H. Wesley Perkins If politics is the art of compromise and persuasion, then the case of Virginia politics in recent years gives us many examples of success and failure in the practice of this art form by conservative Christians. Second coming provides the […]

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Women and Clergywomen

Women and Clergywomen Joy Charlton Joy Charlton [*] I am at once an old-timer and a newcomer to the sociology of religion. My connection to it began in my college days, lasted part of the way through graduate school, and then after excursions to other sub-fields, I returned, some fifteen years later, to an early […]

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The New Age Movement: The Celebration of the Self and the Sacralization of Modernity

The New Age Movement: The Celebration of the Self and the Sacralization of Modernity – Review Stuart A. Wright by PAUL HEELAS. Cambridge: Blackwell, 1996, 266 pp. $49.95. The New Age Movement is an ambitious work in some respects. Paul Heelas has compiled extensive archival materials on new age groups and provides many interesting minutiae […]

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some “laws” of the sociology of religion

Move over, Murphy: some “laws” of the sociology of religion William Silverman Engineers are familiar with Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will” (Bloch, 1990). Murphy’s Law is a prototype for a literary genre in which profound truths are summarized in the form of brief, pithy statements. Similar “laws” have been formulated for […]

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“We Are One Life,” [1] But Not Of One Gender Ideology: Unity, Ambiguity, and the Promise Keepers

“We Are One Life,” [1] But Not Of One Gender Ideology: Unity, Ambiguity, and the Promise Keepers William H. Lockhart William H. Lockhart [*] The Promise Keepers has been described as a gender ideology movement. Although Promise Keepers demonstrates an ethical and religious ethos, this paper’s investigation demonstrates that the movement includes at least four […]

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Introduction to this special issue of sociology of Religion

Introduction to this special issue of sociology of Religion Harriet Hartman It is a pleasure to introduce this special issue of Sociology of Religion, which presents results from the 2000/01 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) and places them in the context of contemporary issues in sociology of religion and ethnicity. Jews occupy a special place […]

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The New Holy Clubs: Testing Church-to-Sect Propositions

The New Holy Clubs: Testing Church-to-Sect Propositions Roger Finke Roger Finke [*] The familiar sect-to-church theory holds that successful sects will gradually become more church-like over time, reducing the level of tension they hold with their environment. H. Richard Niebuhr (1929), the originator of sect-to-church theory, took it for granted that transformation was possible only […]