Hans Mol (1922–2017) is noted as one of the first sociologists to formulate a theory of religion centered on the concept of identity. A prolific writer and researcher from the 1960s through the late 1980s, Mol sought to blend classical functionalism with the social constructionism of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann and the burgeoning study of identity arising within behavioral psychology. He was the president of the International Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Committee from 1974 to 1978 and, in 1985, was the keynote speaker for the 15th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions. In 1987, Mol retired as Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Canada, after having also taught in New Zealand, Australia, and the ...

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