Beyond the Strong Program in the Sociology of Religion

David Smilde

in Religion on the Edge

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199938629
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980758 | DOI:
Beyond the Strong Program in the Sociology of Religion

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This chapter explores the issue of cultural autonomy as it relates to our portrayals of religion. First, it looks at the recent move toward a more robust view of religion and culture. Then it considers at some of the critiques of the idea of cultural autonomy that have taken place over the last few decades. Finally, it reviews some alternatives for understanding the causal impact of religious culture.

Keywords: cultural autonomy; religion; religious culture; religious portrayals

Chapter.  10931 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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