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Riassunto: In this provocative book, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark challenge popular perceptions about American religion. They view the religious environment as a free market economy, where churches compete for souls. The story they tell is one of gains for upstart sects and losses for mainline denominations.
Although many Americans assume that religious participation has declined in America, Finke and Stark present a different picture. In 1776, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans were active in church affairs. Today, church membership includes about 6 out of 10 people.
But, as Finke and Stark show, not all denominations benefited. They explain how and why the early nineteenth-century churches began their descent, while two newcomer sects, the Baptists and the Methodists, gained ground. They also analyze why the Methodists then began a long, downward slide, why the Baptists continued to succeed, how the Catholic Church met the competition of ardent Protestant missionaries, and why the Catholic commitment has declined since Vatican II. The authors also explain why ecumenical movements always fail
In short, Americans are not abandoning religion; they have been moving away from established denominations. A "church-sect process" is always under way, Finke and Stark argue, as successful churches lose their organizational vigor and are replaced by less worldly groups.
Some observers assert that the rise in churching rates indicates increased participation, not increased belief. Finke and Stark challenge this as well. They find that those groups that have gained the greatest numbers have demanded that their followers accept traditional doctrines and otherworldliness. They argue that religious organizations can thrive only when they comfort souls and demand sacrifice. When theology becomes too logical, or too secular, it loses people.
About the Author: Roger Finke is a professor of sociology and religious studies at the Pennsylvania State University and serves as the director of the American Religion Data Archive. Rodney Stark was for many years professor of sociology and comparative religion at the University of Washington. In 2004 he became University Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University.
Titolo: The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners...
Casa editrice: Rutgers University Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Hardcover, NOT ex-library. xv+347pp., indexed. No name or writing. CLEAN. Codice libro della libreria 002317
Descrizione libro Rutgers University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0813536332I5N00
Descrizione libro Rutgers University Press, 2005. Condizione libro: Good. (2nd)05 Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP79146590
Descrizione libro Rutgers University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Revised. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0813536332
Descrizione libro Rutgers University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0813536332 GOOD - This is a hurt hardcover book with no dust jacket and some tearing, scuffing, bumping and creasing. Still, it is fully usable and the flaws are only cosmetic. Codice libro della libreria Z0813536332Z3
Descrizione libro Rutgers University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 813536332