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Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion

Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion
Author: Rodney Stark - Roger Finke
ISBN 13: 9780520222021
ISBN 10: 520222024
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2000-08-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
List Price: $31.95

"Acts of Faith is the single 'big book' in the sociology of religion in the past decade, a monumental effort that both demolishes old theories and creates brilliant new ones. Stark and Finke have mastered the literature in the field, gathered ingenious data analysis to sustain their positions, and presented their work with flair, imagination, and brilliance. Though it is quite impossible to turn around the social science profession completely with a single book, or indeed within a single decade, these two authors have achieved a powerful beginning in this task. This landmark publication marks a turning point."—Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago

"This book is a major next step in developing the sociology of religion's 'new paradigm'—an important summary of the evolving 'religious economies' theory. Stark and Finke's spirited deconstruction of antireligious secularization theories and other theories of 'irrational' religion is simply delightful. And its own constructive theory offers a valuable resource for those friendly to the rational choice approach to religion, as well as a continuing challenge to its critics."—Christian Smith, University of North Carolina

Times Literary Supplement

A "crucial exposition in an increasingly combative dispute about method in the sociology of religion.