Journal Article

More than “Alone with the Bible”: Reconceptualizing Religious Reading

Emily K. Ronald

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 73, issue 3, pages 323-344
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online February 2012 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
More than “Alone with the Bible”: Reconceptualizing Religious Reading

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The idea of a solitary reader of sacred texts distorts the importance of one form of religious reading and camouflages several equally important forms. Taking these other forms of reading into account not only gives us a better picture of how books are being used religiously, but also provides new avenues for studying the relationship between sacred texts and religious persons and reveals an arena where definitions of “religion” are being negotiated. Using data collected through the 2006–2007 work of the Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life project, I will examine the role of reading as a spiritual practice, complicating this model in the process and suggesting new avenues for studying religious reading.

Keywords: mass media; practice; individual religiosity; United States

Journal Article.  10153 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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