By James V. Spickard
Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all non secular existence. consequently, the sphere has tended to focus on features of faith that Christians locate vital, corresponding to non secular ideals and formal businesses, whereas paying much less recognition to different elements. instead of easily criticizing such obstacles, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith may seem like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies. What facets of faith may students see extra in actual fact in the event that they have been raised in Confucian China? What may perhaps they know about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar? What may they higher comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and firms?
Through those notion experiments, Spickard indicates how non-Western rules comprehend a few facets of religions--even of Western religions--better than does regular sociology. the amount exhibits how non-Western frameworks can shed new mild on numerous diverse dimensions of spiritual existence, together with the query of who keeps spiritual groups, the relationships among faith and ethnicity as assets of social ties, and the function of embodied adventure in spiritual rituals. those ways exhibit crucial points of up to date religions that the dominant approach of doing sociology fails to notice. each one strategy additionally presents investigators with new theoretical assets to steer them deeper into their subjects. the quantity makes a compelling case for adopting an international viewpoint within the social sciences.
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Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes by James V. Spickard