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Demise of Religion

Demise of Religion


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About the Book

This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. It is funded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Why do religions fail or die? Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book explores this important question that has received little scholarly attention to date.

International contributors provide case studies from the United States, England, Sweden, Japan, New Guinea, and France resulting in a work that explores processes of attenuation, disintegration, transmutation, death, and extinction across cultures. These include: instances where mass suicides or homicides resulted in religious dissolution; the fall of Mars Hills Church and its larger-than-life megachurch pastor, accused of plagiarism and bullying in 2012; the death of the last member of the Panacea Society in England in 2012; and the disintegration of Knutby Filadelfia, a religious community in Sweden with Pentecostal roots that ceased to exist in May 2018 after a pastor shot his wife.

Combining case studies and theoretical contributions, The Demise of Religion: How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate fills a gap in literature to date and paves the way for future research

About the Author:

Michael Stausberg is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway. His most recent book (co-edited with Steven Engler) is The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion (2016).

Stuart A. Wright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar University, USA. His most recent book is Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities (2016), with Susan J. Palmer.

Carole M. Cusack is Professor in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently the Editor of the journal Literature & Aesthetics and is a member of the editorial board of eleven journals.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781350162914
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publisher Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 208
  • Spine Width: 13 mm
  • Weight: 256 gr
  • ISBN-10: 1350162914
  • Publisher Date: 10 Dec 2020
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Sub Title: How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate
  • Width: 156 mm

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