The proposal is for a modular text in the sociology of religion. The field shades into Theology/Religious Studies but the core market is sociology of religion.

Twentieth-Century Challenges, Twentieth-Century Thinkers

Twentieth-century challenges, twentieth-century thinkers

After Reading this Chapter you Will:

  • be familiar with the theoretical contributions of Peter Berger, Thomas Luckmann and Bryan Wilson in understanding religious change;
  • understand useful theoretical concepts such as the ‘sacred canopy’ and ‘invisible religion’; and
  • be able to articulate the central principles of ‘classical’ secularization theory.

The front cover of the April 8, 1966 issue of Time magazine posed the provocative question: ‘Is God Dead?’ With bold red letters on a black background, it is one of the most famous (and misunderstood) magazine covers of all time. The accompanying article is an interesting artifact of the times. The article was not a master statement about the rise of atheism, but an exploration of ...

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