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Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters

by Christian Smith. Princeton University Press, August 2017.

This book provides an updated definition of religion, distinguished from older, outdated models. Smith examines the power of religion in individuals and society with the final chapter addresses the question "What will be the fate of religion in the future?"

Offerings

clarity about how religion differs from other social science plus the "how" and "why" it matters

Best For

congregational leaders

Cost

purchase book or ebook

Suggested Uses

  • Engage seekers and doubters by reading excerpts of this book in a small group.
  • Consider how to engage people in religion by reading this updated model and new reflections.

About the Contributor
Contributor
Aaron Spiegel

Aaron Spiegel directs the Congregational Resource Guide and is Center for Congregations’ information technology director. He is a rabbi, author, and president of the Synagogue Studies Institute.

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