Sociology of Religion
I can understand God creating everything: the rivers and the mountains; the plants and the trees; the birds and the animals. But I can't understand the need for humans in this grand design? - rvp
The foundation for belief and religion is fear and hope. The rich fear the prospect of losing what they have, and the poor hope to gain through belief and religion. - rvp
Since its inception, presumably dated in the classical period of Durkheim and Weber, the sociology of religion has been fascinated by the phenomenon of secularization. This term, of course, has been endlessly debated, modified and occasionally repudiated.
But for most purposes it could be defined quite simply as a process in which religion diminishes in importance both in society and in the consciousness of individuals. And most sociologists looking at this phenomenon have shared the view that secularization is the direct result of modernization - Peter L. Berger
Religious groups enjoy an organizational and systemic link to other conduits of power in a society (government, education, mass media), and make observance a necessary component of prestige.
In this context it is understandable that every U.S. President since Eisenhower has attended church, and most have self-identified as born-again Christians.
If God really existed, it would be
necessary to abolish him.- Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State (1882), in seeming response
to Voltaire's "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."
The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion is a federation of learned societies in the field of religious studies. Individuals do not join the Council directly, but apply for membership in one of the Council's constituent societies. The societies seek to further scholarship, research, and teaching in their particular areas and concern themselves with the needs and interests of their members. - cssr.org/about.htm
American Religion Data Archive - free resource available to researchers interested in quantitative data on American religion. - arda.tm/
Association for the Sociology of Religion - sociologyofreligion.com/
Weberian Sociology of Religion - ne.jp/asahi/moriyuki/abukuma
Hartford Institute for Religion Research - Sociology of Religion
Center presents its projects in this area. Find an introduction to the field, lists of scientists, articles, research resources, and a bibliography. - hirr.hartsem.edu/sociology/sociology.html
General American Religion Resources (Northwest Missouri State Unversity) abacon.com/sociology/soclinks/religion.html
Swiss Online Texts in the Sociology of Religion - socio.ch/relsoc/index_relsoc.htm