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by William Bainbridge,Rodney Stark


Rodney William Stark (born July 8, 1934) is an American sociologist of religion who was a long time professor of sociology and of comparative religion at the University of Washington.

Rodney William Stark (born July 8, 1934) is an American sociologist of religion who was a long time professor of sociology and of comparative religion at the University of Washington.

Rodney Stark (Author), William Bainbridge (Author)

Rodney Stark (Author), William Bainbridge (Author). A Theory of Religion could go a long way to unveiling the demagoguery and pursuing a thoroughly socially-scientific understanding of the geopolitical conditions of our world and the religious choices people make in it. As the book's Proposition 215 states: The victim in a coercive exchange relationship will seek means to remove the coercion.

A Theory of Religion is a book much overdue. Although Stark and Bainbridge see the deductive approach as providing a maximum conceptual coherence in the outstanding of religion they are well. Students of religion are, in general, theory-shy and prefer to deal with particular historical religious traditions at the descriptive and phenomenological levels. Such a 'nomothetic anxiety', as it has been called by some, does not characterize the work of R. Stark and . Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

A Theory of Religion book. Rodney Stark grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and began his career as a newspaper reporter. Following a tour of duty in the . He left Berkeley to become Professor of Sociology and of Compa Rodney Stark grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, and began his career as a newspaper reporter.

Rodney Stark and Roger Finke, Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion, University of California Press, 2000. 12. Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge, A Theory of Religion. Fenggang Yang, translator: 2004. 19. Rodney Stark and W. S. Bainbridge, Religion, Deviance, and Social Control.

Religion, rationality, and experience: A response to the new rational choice theory of religion. Sociological Theory, 22(1), 140–160. CrossRefGoogle Scholar. Rational choice theory. The Oxford handbook of the sociology of religion (S. 116–134). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Iannaccone, L. R. (1990).

In book: Klassiker der, p. 54-357. Immigrant Faith: Patterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. Cite this publication.

Rodney Stark is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. He is the author of many books, including The Churching of America, 1776-1990, with Roger Finke, and A Theory of Religion, with William Sims Bainbridge. Библиографические данные. The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History.

Towards a Theory of Religion: Religious Commitment. Author(s): Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge. Eventuall theory will appear in a book, expressed in the most detailed and com illustrated and supported by the empirical studies. Our object here is to p basic set of axioms, key definitions, and the first of literally hundreds we have derived about religion and its social context.

In this unique text, Stark and Bainbridge begin with basic statements about human nature and, employing the principles of logic and philosophy, build toward increasingly complex propositions about societies and their religious institutions. They provide a rigorous yet flexible sociological theory of religion as well as a general sociological model for deriving macrolevel theory from microlevel evidence.
Qumen
A foundational writing. He is identifying elements of religion that can measured and analyzed. An excellent first step in understanding religion.
Galubel
IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND RELIGION, READ AND STUDY THIS BOOK
Mautaxe
This book is far too-little utilized in theorizing religion in the field of Religious Studies. I find it stunning that a text that has been around for nearly thirty years is as marginalized as it is given its explanatory potential. The Foreword by Jeffrey K. Hadden explains why this has been the case. Academics, to their loss, overlook the seriousness and effectiveness this theory brings to studying human religious behavior. People are not rational six days a week then on Sunday (or whenever) go loony as they worship the gods in their traditional forms. Humans use their rational abilities in all decisions, including decisions related to the gods. Perhaps it is because the authors use "exchange theory" to create and evaluate their various Definitions, Propositions, and Axioms and this economically-oriented theory is just too stale or reductionist for most scholars. Even if it seems so, the usefulness of the theory remains. I appreciate its humility in acknowledging right out of the gate (p. 19) "no theory ever offers a full account of every aspect of any concrete event." So, if some religious behavior appears beyond strictly the rational (perhaps mysticism, self-mutilation, exaggerated emotions, speaking-in-tongues and the like qualify) then we may look elsewhere for the explanations. But even these behaviors may find partial explanation in the rational choices human beings make in their existential decision-making processes and in the context of a person's life situation.

Most interesting is their notion of religious "compensators" (IOUs) which stand in for rewards (the real deals) and how these are exchanged in a form of religious capitalism. People don't belong to religions expecting to get nothing out of it. If they did, then they truly would be irrational. But they don't. These decisions are made in the context of "getting the best deal" out of religion. As a result, a measure of predictability arises in certain contexts. This predictability is verifiable, and consequently falsifiable, making the theory a truly "theoretical" enterprise. So much of Religious Studies is still stuck in the "metaphors" (p. 11) of past generations of scholars and as a result is failing to understand the modern world and religion in it. Nothing could be more true of the West's understanding of Islam and its current behaviors. Scholars of Religious Studies have not only not helped the situation, but actually muddied the waters.

How?

By failing to address the actual, physical, existential choices made by Muslims in their "jihad" against American empire and instead resorting to and expounding upon the rhetoric of "religious extremism", or "religious violence". A Theory of Religion could go a long way to unveiling the demagoguery and pursuing a thoroughly socially-scientific understanding of the geopolitical conditions of our world and the religious choices people make in it. As the book's Proposition 215 states: The victim in a coercive exchange relationship will seek means to remove the coercion.

It's up to you to read on....
Frosha
Rodney Stark's A THEORY OF RELIGION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION TO COME OUT IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS.
NO DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT IT.
MARK D. COHEN, M.S.,SOCIOLOGY, UW-MADISON 1989
MASTER'S THESIS ON A LUTHERAN CHURCH
Ces
Stark's work is extremely popular in the modern field of religious studies. However, he is, without a doubt, one of the largest hacks in the business. This book is a fine example of the sort of sociological effluent he deposits on the shoes of religious scholars every year. The sweeping arbitrary generalizations, vague and universalizing terminology, and lack of supporting evidence for his conclusions really make it a page-turner. I couldn't put the book down, again and again thinking, "What incredibly stupid thing will he say next?" If you want a book on the functioning of religious groups, try Georges Bataille, Pierre Bourdieu, Clifford Geertz, or Catherine Bell. Hell, even the mad ravings of Slavov Zizek on the subject are more worthwhile, because at least he has flashes of important insight occasionally. Just trust me on this one: skip Stark's book unless you need perspective on all the things wrong with modern religious studies.

Christopher Rubio
Reed College 2010
Thesis on Conversion and Ritual in Cults
A Theory of Religion ebook
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William Bainbridge,Rodney Stark
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