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History of an Idea

Witham Larry

in Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195394757
eISBN:
9780199777372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394757.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The modern “economics of religion” has roots in the thought of Adam Smith, but emerged in modern form when social scientists interested in religion adapted the ideas of George Homans (exchange ... More


The Growth of Scientology and the Stark Model of Religious “Success”

James R. Lewis

in Scientology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195331493
eISBN:
9780199852321
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

On the basis of census and other data collected in a variety of different Anglophone countries, a clear pattern emerges showing that Scientology is experiencing healthy growth — though it is also ... More


Future Prospects

James R. Lewis

in Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195378443
eISBN:
9780199869701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at the future prospects for the order in terms of Rodney Stark's analysis of how religions grow—or, to use Stark's terminology, how religions “succeed”. It is argued that although ... More


Explaining Religious Vitality

Fenggang Yang

in Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199735655
eISBN:
9780199918591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735655.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter One reviews the literature of the sociology of religion, discusses the shift from the secularization paradigm to the new paradigm of religious vitality, and proposes a political economic ... More


The Supply-Side Alternative

Steve Bruce

in Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199654123
eISBN:
9780191806605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654123.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines a more radical challenge to the secularisation paradigm for explaining the decline of religion in the modern world: the supply-side model of religious change proposed by Rodney ... More


Who Were the First Christians?: Dismantling the Urban Thesis

Thomas A. Robinson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190620547
eISBN:
9780190620578
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620547.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This work challenges the consensus that early Christianity was an urban movement that did not reach effectively into the countryside until after the conversion of Emperor Constantine. But that ... More


Counting Romans and Christians

Thomas A. Robinson

in Who Were the First Christians?: Dismantling the Urban Thesis

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190620547
eISBN:
9780190620578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620547.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The assumption that Christians made up 10% of the Roman Empire by the year 300 C.E. has become a popular view largely because of the work of Rodney Stark, who claimed that he had a parallel in ... More


Supposed Barriers to Christian Success in the Countryside

Thomas A. Robinson

in Who Were the First Christians?: Dismantling the Urban Thesis

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190620547
eISBN:
9780190620578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620547.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Various matters are put forward as obstacles to a Christian mission in the countryside. These are the focus of this chapter, from the conservative nature of the countryside, to the linguistic ... More


“Not to Be Trammeled”: To Creed or Not to Creed

Terryl Givens and Brian M. Hauglid

in The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism's Most Controversial Scripture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190603861
eISBN:
9780190603892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190603861.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Christian creeds go back to the first Christian centuries. Catholics produced creeds largely to establish the lines demarcating orthodoxy and heresy. Protestants at first were hostile to creeds and ... More


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