By James V. Spickard
Sociology has lengthy used Western Christianity as a version for all spiritual lifestyles. consequently, the sector has tended to focus on features of faith that Christians locate very important, akin to spiritual ideals and formal businesses, whereas paying much less realization to different elements. instead of easily criticizing such obstacles, James V. Spickard imagines what the sociology of faith could seem like had it arisen in 3 non-Western societies. What points of faith may students see extra truly in the event that they were raised in Confucian China? What might they find out about faith from Ibn Khaldun, the famed 14th century Arab scholar? What could they larger comprehend, had they been born Navajo, whose conventional faith definitely doesn't revolve round ideals and businesses?
Through those notion experiments, Spickard indicates how non-Western principles comprehend a few elements of religions--even of Western religions--better than does commonplace sociology. the amount indicates how non-Western frameworks can shed new gentle on a number of varied dimensions of spiritual existence, 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 event in spiritual rituals. those techniques show important points of latest religions that the dominant approach of doing sociology fails to notice. every one strategy additionally presents investigators with new theoretical assets to steer them deeper into their subjects. the amount makes a compelling case for adopting an international point of view within the social sciences.
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Alternative Sociologies of Religion: Through Non-Western Eyes by James V. Spickard