Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 August 1996

272 Pages | 1 figure, 6 tables

ISBN: 9780198781516

Bookseller Code (01)

Religion in the Modern World

From Cathedrals to Cults

Steve Bruce

The people of the Middle Ages did what the Church told them God required. The sovereign consumers of the modern world "pick and mix" their own religions. What were the forces that brought about this change? What is the real role for the Church in the modern world? Starting with the Reformation and ending with New Age spirituality, Steve Bruce offers a comprehensive sociological description and explanation of the changes in the religious life of Western society that have accompanied modernization. He looks at religion in the USA, religion and ethnicity, and the New Age. This book is an invaluable resource for students of sociology, religion or history and anyone with a real interest in looking behind the headlines for the place of religion in today's society.