Many sociologists of religion have voiced the concern that the sub-discipline is “in crisis.” Others bemoan what they view as the increasing irrelevance of internecine squabbles with respect to broader sociological conversations, much less the increasing prominence of interdisciplinary social science conversations about religion’s place in the modern world. We argue, instead, that the sociological study of religion is in fact not in crisis, but in the midst of recentering itself in new and exciting ways.Read the rest of Toward a new sociology of religion.
Wendy Cadge is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of Heartwood: the First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and is working on a second book, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine.
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How did the same people who elected Barack Obama President last Tuesday vote to pass Proposition 8 in California, the state ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage? My liberal friends in Massachusetts and across the country are organizing protests and hanging their heads. “We expected more from California,” they mutter under their breath.Read the rest of The blame game.