Sociology and Faith: Inviting Students into the Conversation

Robert A. Clark

in Teaching as an Act of Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222209
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236800 | DOI:
Sociology and Faith:                             Inviting Students into the Conversation

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The chapter discusses the integration of sociology and faith. The author started his career teaching at a church-related college where it was expected that faith and sociology should be integrated. However, the author didn't know how to integrate the two as he hadn't been taught how to, but rather he only knew how to separate facts and values. However, he was influenced by his colleagues' engagement in “Christian scholarship”. He realized that he should find connections between sociology and faith instead of understanding how they can be unconnected. Also, he realized that integration involves a mutually enriching conversation between sociology and the principles, theories, assumptions, and purposes of faith.

Keywords: sociology; faith; Christian scholarship; assumptions; theories

Chapter.  8492 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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