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Randall Collins

In: The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Chapter 1: The Classical Tradition in Sociology of Religion

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The Classical Tradition in Sociology of Religion
The classical tradition in sociology of religion

The sociology of religion is entwined with sociological theory from its very beginnings. Sociology even began in a controversy over religion. During the 1789 French Revolution, Christianity was abolished, and replaced by a civic cult celebrating Reason. This new cult lasted only from 1794 to 1801, and ...

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