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Communities of Faith

Sectarianism, Identity, and Social Change on a Danish Island

Andrew S. Buckser

288 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-042-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (November 1996)


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Most studies of modern religious change have viewed it as a process of secularization in which the advance of science and technology discredits religious beliefs and destroys religious institutions. Yet religion has stubbornly failed to expire in the West, and in some places is undergoing a resurgence. This book reconsiders secularization theory through a case study of arural island in Denmark where, in the late nineteenth century, a series of powerful religious awakenings electrified its population, dividing it into several large and intense Lutheran movements. After examining the history and social structure of those Protestant groups and revealing their cultural and ideological complexity, the author concludes that the secularization theory is inadequate and that an anthropological approach, focusing on religion's role in creating identity and community for its members, offers much better insight into religious processes.

Andrew S. Buckser is at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University

Subject: Religion General Anthropology
Area: Northern Europe



Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Preface

Introduction: Secularization and its Discontents

PART I: THE SETTING

Chapter 1. Mors in Time and Space
Chapter 2. The Social World
Chapter 3. Being a Morsingbo

PART II: RELIGION ON MORS

Chapter 4. A Brief History of the Danish Church
Chapter 5. The Mors Island Free Congregation
Chapter 6. The Church Society for the Inner Mission in Denmark
Chapter 7. The Apostolic Church

PART III: MORS AND THE MEANING OF RELIGION

Chapter 8. Religion, Science, and Secularization on Mors

Appendix

Bibliography
Index

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