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The Resilience of Conservative Religion : The Case of Popular, Conservative Protestant Congregations - Joseph B. Tamney

The Resilience of Conservative Religion

The Case of Popular, Conservative Protestant Congregations


Published: 21st January 2002
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The resurgence and persistent appeal of conservative religion, not just in the United States, but around the world in the past few decades presents a great challenge to sociologists and to modernization theory. The recent growth and popularity of conservative churches contradicts the idea that late-modern societies - with their emphases on the individual, and separation of church and state, and the cultural fragmentation and secularization that they foster - have outgrown the need for such relics of the past as traditionalist religions. In this book Joseph Tamney offers an explanation for this apparent incongruity by looking at the case of growing, popular, conservative Protestant congregations in the United States. His findings represent a synthesis of ideas from supporters of secularization theory and from those who stress the competitive market of churches in America as a factor in church growth.

'Tamney can take pride in having touched intelligently on them in theoretical issues surrounding conservative Protestantism, and in having produced a thoughtful, readable, ethnographic update on religion in Middletown.' Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

Explanations for the success of conservative religions
The appeal of conservative protestantism in the early-modern United States
Spirited church
Truth church
Caring church
Open church
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ISBN: 9780521803960
ISBN-10: 0521803969
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 21st January 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.54