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Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim are widely recognized as the trinity of sociological theory. While these three sociologists were trailblazing social theorists who enhanced the study of human behavior and its relationship to social institutions, other, more contemporary scholars were just as innovative — one of those scholars being W. E. B. Du Bois.

W. E. B. Du Bois was a political and literary giant of the 20th century, publishing over twenty books and thousand of essays and articles throughout his life. In The Social Theory of W. E. B. Du Bois, editor Phil Zuckerman assembles Du Bois's work from a wide variety of sources, including articles Du Bois published in newspapers, speeches he delivered, selections from well-known classics such as The Souls of ...

On Religion
On religion

Du Bois attended church regularly as a child, and his early writings were infused with Christian verbiage. One of his most famous poems, “Credo,” first published in 1904, declares a belief in God as well as the Devil. He wrote a collection of prayers, Prayers for Dark People, published after his death in 1980. Yet by the time Du Bois was thirty, he had lost his Christian faith and subscribed to an unapologetic agnosticism for the rest of his life. In his autobiography (1968) he dismissed religious beliefs as “fairy tales,” praising the Soviet Union for educating its children sans “religious lies.” Though religiously inactive as an adult, he still recognized the importance of religion, particularly for the black community. From short ...

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