Hammond, Phillip E.

Phillip E. Hammond (1931–2009) was trained as a sociologist at Columbia University with his major focus being in the sociology of religion. Much of Hammond’s career followed the developing trends within the sociology of religion in America during the postwar period. His main contributions were in the areas of church and state, religion and identity, new religious movements, and the rise of fundamentalism and the decline of the Protestant mainline.

As the president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion at a critical time of reassessment in the direction of the field, Hammond saw the need to rethink the inherited secularization model that had dominated discourse since the time of Ernst Troeltsch and ...

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