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Religion in Modern Times: An Anthology

Wiley-Blackwell / 2000 / Paperback

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What has happened to religion in modern times? Why has it happened? Wat might happen next? This volume is the first to bring together a comprehensive selection of readings which illustrate and analyse religion's encounters with the forces of modernization--including nationalism, capitalism, colonialism, democracy, gender and identity politics. Drawing on scholarly analysis, empirical research and vivid concrete examples, the book offers a picture of a religious world which is increasingly characterized by by the coexistence of: old faiths and new spiritualities, a turn to tradition and a turn to experience, decline and revival, privitization and poltical militancy, and tolerance and intolerance.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0631210741
ISBN-13: 9780631210740
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Author Bio

Linda Woodhead is Lecturer in Christian Studies at Lancaster University. Until recently she was Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and she is currently Review Editor of Modern Believing and a co-editor of Cultural Values (Blackwell Publishers).

Paul Heelas is Professor of Religion and Modernity at Lancaster University. He is the author of The New Age Movement (Blackwell Publishers, 1996) and editor of Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity (Blackwell Publishers, 1998).

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"Taken as a whole, this anthology is highly illuminating. Despite its size, it is eminently readable. It is detailed, well structured, and well argued, compiled by editors who "know their stuff". However, a great strength also lies in the fact that it can be "dipped" into and used as a tool for examining particular issues or for exploring interesting avenues. It is thought-provoking and provides the reader with options for further reading and research. Although the intention of the volume is ambitious, it provides both the benefits of an edited collection as well as well-argued analysis. It is an important, innovative work that is very timely." Journal of Contemporary Religion

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This is an extremely valuable collection. It touches on important issues that will make it very widely used in religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies courses.’ – Robert N. Bellah, University of California at Berkeley

‘If my students were directed to this book, it would be an excellent opportunity for them to browse in areas they would not otherwise have entered into.’ – Eileen Barker, Professor of Sociology, The London School of Economics and Political Science

‘If one wants to use a Reader in the area, I’m sure that this one would be an excellent device.’ – Peter Berger, Director, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University

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