List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Introduction 1 1 What Is Religion? 20 2 What Causal Powers Does Religion Produce? 77 3 How Does Religion Work? 135 4 Why Are Humans Religious? 190 5 What Is Religion's Future? 234 Conclusion 261 Appendix: Research Questions 263 Index 275
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. His books include To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil and What Is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up.
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