By Stephen Sharot
After introducing the book's significant subject matters, the amount introduces and builds upon an research of Weber's version of spiritual motion, drawing on Durkheim, Marxist students, and the paintings of up to date sociologists and anthropolgists. the subsequent chapters every one specialize in significant spiritual cultures, together with Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, and the religions of China and Japan. This formidable undertaking is the 1st to provide a comparability of the preferred, or folks, varieties of faith round the world.
Sharot's available introductions to every of the realm religions, synthesizing an unlimited literature on well known faith from sociology, anthropology, and historians of faith, make the venture excellent for path use. His comparative method and unique analyses will end up lucrative even for specialists on all of the international religions.
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A Comparative Sociology of World Religions: Virtuosi, Priests, and Popular Religion by Stephen Sharot