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Sociology of Religion - Bibliography

Books on Sociology of Religion, Society and Atheism, Sociology of Religion

Durkheim, Emile (1915), The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, NY: Free Press. In this sociological classic, Durkheim looks at religious culture among the Maori of Australia, and famously argues that in worshipping gods, society is really worshipping itself.



Ahmed, Akbar S. Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society. NY: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988.


Blofeld, John. The Road to Immortality. Boston: Shambhala, 1985.

Bopp, Julie and Micheal Bopp, Twin Lakes, WI.: Lotus Light Publications, 1989.


Borg, Marcus. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Harper Collins, 1994.




Buber, Martin. Meetings. La Salle: Open Court Publishing Company, 1973.

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton Univ. 1949.


Chan, Wing-Tsit , Translater and Compiler. A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1963.


Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters. Trans. Gia-fu Feng and Jane English. NY: Vintage, 1974.



Comte, Fernand. Sacred Writings of World Religions. NY: Chambers Encyclopedia Guides, 1992.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. The Evolving Self. NY: Harper Collins, 1993.

Dermenghem, Emile. Muhammad and the Islamic Tradition. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1981.

Easwran, Eknath God Makes the Rivers Flow. Tomales: Nilgiri Press, 1991.


Eliade, Mircea. A History of Religious Ideas. 3 vols. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.


Evans-Wentz, W. Y., ed. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. 3rd ed. London: OUP, 1957.

Fedotov, G. P. The Russian Religious Mind. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1960.
Finegan, Jack. The Archaeology of World Religions: The Background of Primitivism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Islam, and Sikhism. Princeton: 1952.

Guillaumont, A., Trans. The Gospel of Thomas. New York: Harper & Row, 1959.

Hall, Manly P. The Mystical Christ. Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, 1993.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. Living Buddha, Living Christ. New York: G.P. Putman, 1995.

Harner, Michael. The Way of the Shaman. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1990.

Hildegard of Bingen. Mystical Writings. NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1992.

James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. 1902; New York: Modern Library, 1936.

Lingerman, Hal A. Life Streams - Meditation and Music, Wheaton, Micheal Lindfield, the Dance of Change (Ecoscience And Spirituality). New York: Arkana Press, 1986.

McDannell, Colleen & Bernhard Lang. Heaven: A History. New Haven: Yale Univ1988

Moody, Raymond. Coming Back. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.

Newhouse, Flower. The Drama of Incarnation.Escondido:The Christward Ministry,1948.

Nigosian, Solomon. Islam: The Way of Submission. Great Britain: Crucible, 1987.

Osmen, Sarah Ann. Sacred Places. New York: St. Martin''s Press, 1990.

Palmquist, Stephan Biblical Theocracy. Hong Kong: China Philosophy Press, 1993.

Payne, Robert. The History of Islam. New York: Dorset Press, 1990.

Picard, Max. The World of Silence. South Bend: Gateway Editions, 1952.

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli and Charles A Moore, Editors. A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Reps, Paul, and Nyogen Senzaki. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings. New York: Anchor Books, 1961.

Robinson, James, Ed. Nag Hammadi Library. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1978.

Sparrow, G. Scott. I Am With You Always. New York: Bantam Books, 1995.

Stassinopoulos, Arianna. The Gods of Greece. NY: Harry Abrams Publishers, 1983.

Strong, James. Strong''s Concordance. New York: Abingdon Press, 1973.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner�€™s Mind. Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1970.

The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng. Trans. A. F. Price and Wong Mou-lam. Boston: Shambhala, 1990.

Tao Te Ching. Trans. Stephen Mitchell. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

The Koran. Trans. N.J. Dawood. 5th rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 1990.

The Rig Veda: An Anthology. Trans. Wendy O�€™Flaherty. New York: Penguin, 1981.

The I Ching or Book of Changes. Trans. Richard Wilhelm and Cary F Baynes. New York: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Tzu, Lao. Tao Te Ching. Translated by Archie Bahm. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, 1971.


Religion in a Changing World -- Comparative Studies in Sociology

Examines a variety of faith traditions, countries, and sociological topics that illustrate the connection between religion and society at the dawn of the 21st century.


About Religion: journals and associations devoted to religious studies, psychology and sociology of religion, mythology, religon and sex, religious freedom and more.

The nature of Millenarian belief and theories that try to account for it.


Directory of religious studies and comparative religion Internet resources. Includes categories for academic departments and organizations, online references and texts, comparative religion -


House Divided: Protestantism, Schism and Secularization


Robert Orsi, ed., Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape. Indiana University Press, 1999.

Suzanne C. Monahan et. al, eds., Sociology of Religion: A Reader. Prentice-Hall, 2000.