By James V. Spickard
Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all spiritual lifestyles. therefore, the sector has tended to spotlight elements of faith that Christians locate vital, reminiscent of spiritual ideals and formal agencies, whereas paying much less awareness to different elements. instead of easily criticizing such boundaries, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith might seem like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies. What features of faith might students see extra truly in the event that they have been raised in Confucian China? What may they find out about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar? What may they larger comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and companies?
Through those idea experiments, Spickard exhibits how non-Western rules comprehend a few facets of religions--even of Western religions--better than does typical sociology. the quantity indicates how non-Western frameworks can shed new gentle on numerous diversified dimensions of spiritual existence, together with the query of who keeps non secular groups, the relationships among faith and ethnicity as resources of social ties, and the function of embodied event in non secular rituals. those methods exhibit primary features of latest religions that the dominant method of doing sociology fails to notice. every one strategy additionally presents investigators with new theoretical assets to lead them deeper into their subjects. the quantity makes a compelling case for adopting a world viewpoint within the social sciences.
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Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes by James V. Spickard