Religion in Sociological Perspective

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This text is a highly sociological view of religion and as such stresses theoretical perspectives about religion. The text also focuses on the methodology that sociologists have used to study religion. Keith Roberts states that his own preferred approach is open systems theory, which he says focuses equally on structure and dynamics. Other texts may lean toward the religious studies end of the market, but Roberts is a true sociology text.

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Keith Roberts is a professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department of Hanover College, specializing in the Sociology of Religion. He received a Th.M. from the Boston University School of Theology in 1972, and then went on to get his Ph.D. in Sociology at B.U. in 1976. He has taught sociology both at Hanover College and at Bowling Green University. He has written several books on teaching and writing for the sociology discipline.

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“Roberts and Yamane have written a book which has the clearest presentation of sociological concepts of any sociology of relgion text I've read. It is comprehensive in scope, has a clear, lively, and interesting writing style, and is sensitively presented in a "non-preachy" way.”

(Matthew Vos 2011-04-27)

“I have looked at a number of other texts for an introduction to the sociology of religion. Roberts continues to be the best one out there.” (Samuel Inuwa Zalanga 2011-04-27)

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