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The Resource The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark

The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark

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The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy
Title
The churching of America, 1776-1990
Title remainder
winners and losers in our religious economy
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Roger Finke and Rodney Stark
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Language
eng
Summary
In this provocative book, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark challenge popular perceptions about American religion. They view the religious environment as a free market economy, where churches compete for souls. The story they tell is one of gains for upstart sects and losses for mainline denominations. Although many Americans assume that religious participation has declined in America, Finke and Stark present a different picture. In 1776, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans were active in church affairs. Today, church membership includes about 6 out of 10 people. But, as Finke and Stark show, not all denominations benefited from this growth. They explain how and why the leading eighteenth-century churches began their descent, while two newcomer sects, the Baptists and the Methodists, gained ground. They also analyze why the Methodists then began a long, downward slide, why the Baptists continued to succeed, how the Catholic Church met the competition of ardent Protestant missionaries, and why the Catholic commitment has declined since Vatican II. The authors also explain why ecumenical movements always fail. In short, Americans are not abandoning religion; they have been moving away from established denominations. A "sect-church process" is always under way, Finke and Stark argue, as successful churches lose their organizational vigor and are replaced by less worldly groups. Some observers assert that the rise in church membership rates indicates increased participation, not increased belief. Finke and Stark challenge this as well. They find that those groups that have gained the greatest numbers have demanded that their followers accept traditional doctrines and otherworldliness. They argue that religious organizations can thrive only when they comfort souls and demand sacrifice. When theology becomes too logical, or too secular, it loses people
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1954-
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Finke, Roger
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Stark, Rodney
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  • Christian sociology
  • United States
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The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-315) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new approach to American religious history -- The Colonial era revisited -- The upstart sects win America, 1776-1850 -- The coming of the Catholics, 1850-1926 -- Methodists transformed, Baptists triumphant -- Why unification efforts fail -- Why "mainline" denominations decline -- Appendix : profile tables, 1776 and 1850
Control code
25049852
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780813518374
Lccn
91045908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1477741
Label
The churching of America, 1776-1990 : winners and losers in our religious economy, Roger Finke and Rodney Stark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new approach to American religious history -- The Colonial era revisited -- The upstart sects win America, 1776-1850 -- The coming of the Catholics, 1850-1926 -- Methodists transformed, Baptists triumphant -- Why unification efforts fail -- Why "mainline" denominations decline -- Appendix : profile tables, 1776 and 1850
Control code
25049852
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780813518374
Lccn
91045908
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1477741

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