Religion in Western Society

Paperback | March 20, 2002

byStephen J. Hunt

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This book offers a comprehensive account of religion in Western societies, focusing particularly on Western Europe and North America but taking in developments elsewhere around the globe as appropriate. Offering a guide to the principal forms of religion in the West—whether mainstream religion, sects or cults, popular superstition, or religious fundamentalism—it calls upon both empirical work and theoretical debates to examine beliefs, practices, patterns of organization, and significant trends.

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This book offers a comprehensive account of religion in Western societies, focusing particularly on Western Europe and North America but taking in developments elsewhere around the globe as appropriate. Offering a guide to the principal forms of religion in the West—whether mainstream religion, sects or cults, popular superstition, or ...

Stephen J. Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of West of England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:243 pages, 8.6 × 5.38 × 0.56 inPublished:March 20, 2002Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333945921

ISBN - 13:9780333945926

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Table of Contents

Religion in the West: A Sociological Perspective * Secularisation and the 'Decline' of Religion * The Resurgence of Religion? * Western Religion in the Global Context * Religion: Change and Stability in Western Societies * Belief, Practice and Belonging * Challenges to Western Christianity * Sectarianism and Fundamentalism * Cults and the New Religiosity * The New Religions: Issues and Controversies * The Religions of Ethnic Minorities in the West * Popular Forms of Religiosity