By James V. Spickard
Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all spiritual existence. for that reason, the sector has tended to focus on elements of faith that Christians locate vital, equivalent to non secular ideals and formal enterprises, whereas paying much less awareness to different elements. instead of easily criticizing such barriers, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith could seem like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies. What facets of faith could students see extra in actual fact in the event that they have been raised in Confucian China? What might they know about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar? What could they higher comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and enterprises?
Through those concept experiments, Spickard exhibits how non-Western principles comprehend a few elements of religions--even of Western religions--better than does common sociology. the amount indicates how non-Western frameworks can shed new mild on a number of varied dimensions of non secular lifestyles, together with the query of who keeps spiritual groups, the relationships among faith and ethnicity as assets of social ties, and the function of embodied adventure in spiritual rituals. those methods show significant facets of up to date religions that the dominant means of doing sociology fails to notice. each one process additionally offers investigators with new theoretical assets to steer them deeper into their subjects. the quantity makes a compelling case for adopting a world point of view within the social sciences.
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Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes by James V. Spickard