Sociology and Religion
Convener: Christian Smith
Nancy Ammerman, Boston University; Jose Casanova, Georgetown University; Hilary Davidson, University of Notre Dame (Graduate Student); John Evans, University of California, San Diego; Phil Gorski, Yale University; Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University; Mary Ellen Konieczny, University of Notre Dame; Chris Smith, University of Notre Dame (Convener); Jason Springs, University of Notre Dame; Jenny Trinitapoli, Penn State University; Brandon Vaidyanathan, University of Notre Dame (Graduate Student); Meredith Whitnah, University of Notre Dame (Graduate Student)
Three Questions Explored
- What are the reasons—historical, intellectual, and otherwise—why American sociology has had difficulty taking religion seriously?
- What might sociology learn to its own disciplinary benefit in its theoretical reflections by taking religious knowledge, including religious truth claims, seriously?
- What concrete steps might sociologists take to better account for and integrate religious knowledge into its understandings of human social life?