The text, SOCIOLOGY: Theoretical Issues in Religion, is written from the points of view of both sociology and religion. It is also a book on theory becauseit examines those ideas and, concepts which have guided scholarly research and generated conclusions in the above mentioned areas of study as important parts of the social science family.
Specifically, the book examines the interaction between religion as a social institution and selected secularized institutional surrogates, with an analysis of the implication of the interaction for the social system. The book is intended for both the general reader and the academic because of its ability to provide a theoretical approach and. appreciation to the phenomenon of religion and its importance to the human society.
This book focuses on issues in the sociology of religion. It is also a book about theory. Theory in the scientific sense means a body of ideas and concepts, which delineate an area of study in terms of both research problems and generalized conclusions. A conceptual scheme and simple scientific vocabulary of analysis devoid of the usual sociological and technical jargons have guided the discussions presented in the various chapters.
When conceptualized as scientific theory, which provides a necessary frame of reference for intellectual debate and research, the field of the sociology of religion can be quite fascinating and impressive. The book presents the insights and contributions of numerous scholars, both classical and contemporary, on the topics discussed while at the same time attempting to reinforce those issues with their day-to-day practical relevance. Certain authors, like Emile Dukheim and Max Weber, will be seen to feature more prominently and frequently than others. This is so, not so much because of their positions as early pioneers in the field, but because of their holistic and comprehensive approach to sociology as a discipline and sociology of religion in particular. In some instances, they are merely appealed to as frames of reference, whose contributions have withstood the best of time.
In a rather technical sense, the sociology of religion is but one aspect of the study of the relationship between ideas, which are embodied in movements and institutions, and the social conditions of their origin, development, growth and decline. The significant analogies between religion and such secularized religious surrogates as culture, social change, magic and conﬂict, among others have received extensive attention throughout the book while the religious and humanistic traditions from which the claimed relationships derive have served as intellectual and methodological apogees. The last chapter on Some Issues in the Sociology of Religion, which outlines certain problem areas in the field, is added in orderto generate discussions and more research work in the ﬁeld In terms of its worth and relevance, SOCIOLOGY: theoretical issues in religion, is meant to provide both the general reader and the academic with a brief presentation of the sociological approach to an interpretation of the religious phenomenon. By so doing, the reader is offered an important avenue for appreciating the human and social significance of religion.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Chapter One:
- Chapter Two:
The Religious and Humanistic Traditions
- Chapter Three:
Religion And The Sociological Discipline
- Chapter Four:
- Theories of Religion
- Psycological Theories of Religion
- Sociological Theon'es of Religion
- Anthroplogical Theories of Religion
- Chapter Five:
Religion and Psychiatry
- Chapter Six:
Religion and Magic
- Chapter Seven:
The Secularizarion of Religion
- Chapter Eight
- Religion and Secret Cult
- What is a Secret Society?
- Secret Cult and Secret Society:
- Secret Cult:
- Proposed strategies for the control of secret cult in society
- Chapter Nine
- Pentecostalistic Religions
- The Meaning of Pentecostalism
- Origin of Penteoostlism
- Pentecostalism and Society
- Functionalist and Marxist Perspectives of Religion
- Contemporary Functionalist Perspectives of Religion
- Contemporary Marxist Perspectives of Religion
- Chapter Eleven
- Religion and Culture
- God as a Supreme Being
- African Traditional Cosmology.
- The Conception of Man
- Human Life
- Sacred and Profane Objects and Places.
- Religion and Social Change
- Max Weber: Religion and Social Change
- Karl Marx: Religion and Social Change
- Emile Durkheim: Religion and Social Change
- Chapter Fourteen:
Some Issues in The Sociology of Religion
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