Book Announcement: (Un)Believing in Modern Society

(Un)Believing in Modern Society
Religion, Spirituality, and Religious-Secular Competition
Jörg Stolz, Judith Könemann, Mallory Schneuwly Purdie, Thomas Englberger, Michael Kruggeler

This landmark study in the sociology of religion sheds new light on the
question of what has happened to religion and spirituality since the
1960s in modern societies. Exposing several analytical weaknesses of
today’s sociology of religion, (Un)Believing in Modern Society presents
a new theory of religious-secular competition and a new typology of ways
of being religious/secular. The authors draw on a specific European
society (Switzerland) as their test case, using both quantitative and
qualitative methodologies to show how the theory can be applied.
Identifying four ways of being religious/secular in a modern society:
‘institutional’, ‘alternative’, ‘distanced’ and ‘secular’ they show how
and why these forms have emerged as a result of religious-secular
competition and describe in what ways all four forms are adapted to the
current, individualized society.

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