Religion: Beyond Religion, 1st Edition

  • Phil Zuckerman Columbia University and NYSPI
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  • ISBN-10: 0028663616
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663616
  • DDC: 211.6
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 414 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released May 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Religion: Beyond Religion introduces the reader to life outside of religion via the study of secularity. Composed of twenty thematic chapters, this volume begins with an overview chapter designed to familiarize the reader with common terms used in the field. The book's first section focuses on how secularity functions in society, its second section on the psychological and philosophical aspects of secularity. Throughout the volume, the chapters discuss many alternatives to religion, including atheism, agnosticism, and humanism. A broader discussion of how society is becoming more secular and why people choose to be nonreligious echoes through each chapter. Using an interdisciplinary approach, undergraduate and lay readers are given a deeper understanding of the study of religion. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

Features and Benefits

  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, and other lenses are used to help the reader understand concepts and ideas in the study of religion.
  • The handbooks combine the features of an introductory textbook with features of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user.
  • Introduces the reader to beliefs outside of religious thought, including, but not limited to, Atheism.
  • Peer-reviewed chapters are written by eminent scholars in the field.
  • Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and summaries for each chapter.
  • 27 images, charts, tables, and diagrams.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028663543 | ISBN-13: 9780028663548


Due to its breadth of coverage and the depth of research upon which it is based, this is an important addition to the literature of both religion and nonbelief. Thus, it is an essential purchase for any library that seeks to acquire materials related to the study of religion, for academic libraries that support religion majors, and for all seminary libraries.

— Gregory A. Crawford

Table of Contents

1. Defining That Which Is Other to Religion.
2. Secularization.
3. Lived Secularity: Atheism, Indifference, and the Social Significance of Religion.
4. Believing in Belief: Toward the Secularization of Faith in Global Economies.
5. Apostasy.
6. Secularity and Family Life.
7. From Rebels to Everyday Atheists: Women and Secularity.
8. Secularism, Diversity, and Race in the Contemporary United States.
9. Secularism, Secularity, and Community.
10. Separation of Church and State in the American Political Traditions.
11. Religion, Secularism, and the Public Sphere.
12. Secularism, Secularity, and War.
13. Dislike of and Discrimination Against Atheists and Secular People.
14. The Psychology of Secularity and Nonreligion.
15. Atheology.
16. New Atheism.
17. Secularism and Morality.
18. Atheism, Pacifism, and Anarchism.
19. Humanistic Judaism and Secular Spirituality.
20. Naturalism and Well-Being.

Products Included

Religion: Social Religion  (ISBN-10: 0028662903 | ISBN-13: 9780028662909)

Religion: Social Religion is broken into four parts: psychology of religion, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and the historical method. Each section will start with an overview of the discipline, then cover the originative figures who shaped the field, followed by a historical and contemporary view of the field, and concluding with the major criticisms, debates, and future of the field. Targeting undergraduates as well as the educated lay reader, Religion: Social Religion introduces the study of religion through the lens of social science. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, include illustrations, and offer bibliographies to encourage further research. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Phil Zuckerman

Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Pitzer College, where he teaches courses in social theory, deviance, sociology of religion, and sex and religion. He is the author of INVITATION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION and STRIFE IN THE SANCTUARY: RELIGIOUS SCHISM IN A JEWISH COMMUNITY, and the editor of DU BOIS ON RELIGION. Born and raised in Southern California, Phil lives with his wife, Stacy, and their two daughters.