Books by Christian sociologists and classic sociologists of religion: Peter Berger, James Davison Hunter, David Lyon, Zygmunt Bauman, and others

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jan 6 2015 3:46 AM

Sociology is an area that has received little attention in the Logos catalog thus far. Here are two well-respected Christian sociologists (both have been visiting professors at Baylor) you should get a few books from:

David Lyon is someone I know personally who has taught on topics related to faith and technology at Regent College summer school:

Zygmunt Bauman is a Polish sociologist who was interviewed on the Mars Hill Audio Journal after this book Liquid Modernity came out

Bauman and Lyon have collaborated on a book.

These others are older classics.

I'm not sure if Eliade belongs in this list with the others. He's more of a historian of religion and has come under some criticism, but he's still cited all over the place. Also, though Lyon and Bauman are Christians, most of their works are not of particular interest to Christians. Finally, most of these writers publish through presses that Logos has no relationship with and would likely not find many other books from that they'd want to carry, so I'm guessing most of these are unlikely. But I still would like to see James Davison Hunter and Peter Berger as important Christian sociologists, and the two starred works by Emile Durkheim and Max Weber which are absolute classics.

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JAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 6 2015 11:58 AM

Good suggestions.

Also consider Rodney Stark the co-director of Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

http://www.baylorisr.org/about-isr/distinguished-professors/rodney-stark/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Stark#Books 

Baylor ISR: Doing History a Second Time Around:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbEsyKJJQcU 

Baylor ISR: Templeton Research Lectures Vanderbilt University, 1 of 4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxfy3XOY9cI 

"The Christian mind is the prerequisite of Christian thinking. And Christian thinking is the prerequisite of Christian action." - Harry Blamires, 1963

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JAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 6 2015 12:06 PM

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rise_of_Christianity:

"For years, biblical scholars and church historians have used sociological jargon to promote ideological views. Now an established sociologist has entered the fray with devastating results. This brilliant and highly provocative book will revolutionize the way people think about both biblical studies and church history. Love it or hate it, Rodney Stark's The Rise of Christianity is a book nobody interested in the study of religion can ignore" (Irving HexhamUniversity of Calgary).

"The Christian mind is the prerequisite of Christian thinking. And Christian thinking is the prerequisite of Christian action." - Harry Blamires, 1963

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