Finally, social scientists have begun to attempt to understand religious behavior rather than to discredit it as irrational, ignorant, or foolishaand Rodney Stark and Roger Finke have played a major role in this new approach. Acknowledging that science cannot assess the supernatural side of religion (and therefore should not claim to do so), Stark and Finke analyze the observable, human side of faith. In clear and engaging prose, the authors combine explicit theorizing with animated discussions as they move from considering the religiousness of individuals to the dynamics of religious groups and then to the religious workings of entire societies as religious groups contend for support. The result is a comprehensive new paradigm for the social-scientific study of religion.It now is proposed by some officials that Jehovaha#39;s Witnesses also be placed under secret service watch. ... Many Pentecostal groups are denied tax-free status unless they register as secular groups such as sports clubs, rather than as anbsp;...
|Title||:||Acts of Faith|
|Author||:||Rodney Stark, Roger Finke|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 2000-08-01|