The Sociology of Religion has had several frameworks guiding its
analysis including functionalism, interpretive sociology,
phenomenology, symbolic interactionism and now rational choice
theory. Marxism has tended to ignore religion assuming it is
something that would eventually disappear even though it retained
theological elements. This collection of essays brings together a
group of scholars who use frameworks provided by Marx and Critical
Theory in analyzing religion. It's goal is to establish a critical
theory of religion within the sociology of religion as an
alternative to rational choice. In doing so, it engages in a
critique of the positivism, uncritical praise of the market
(neoconservativism) and one dimensional conception of rationality
of the rational choice theory of religion.
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