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Demise of Religion - 
      Michael Stausberg
    
      Carole M. Cusack
    
      Stuart A. Wright

Demise of Religion

How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate

Michael Stausberg (Redaktør) ; Carole M. Cusack (Redaktør) ; Stuart A. Wright (Redaktør)

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This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. It is funded by the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Why do religions fail or die? Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book explores this important question that has received little scholarly attention to date.

International contributors provide case studies from the United States, England, Sweden, Japan, New Guinea, and France resulting in a work that explores processes of attenuation, disintegration, transmutation, death, and extinction across cultures. These include: instances where mass suicides or homicides resulted in religious dissolution; the fall of Mars Hills Church and its larger-than-life megachurch pastor, accused of plagiarism and bullying in 2012; the death of the last member of the Panacea Society in England in 2012; and the disintegration of Knutby Filadelfia, a religious community in Sweden with Pentecostal roots that ceased to exist in May 2018 after a pastor shot his wife.

Combining case studies and theoretical contributions, The Demise of Religion: How Religions End, Die, or Dissipate fills a gap in literature to date and paves the way for future research
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Academic
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 208
ISBN: 9781350162914
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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«The present volume will serve as a foundation for future work on this underresearched topic.»

Olav Hammer, Professor of Religion, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

«This is an erudite compilation of theoretical work on the demise of religion offered by some major figures in the sociology of religion. The collection also is interspersed with some excellent in-depth case studies that include newer religions that failed to gain traction for the longer term. This is a much-needed addition to the growing scholarship on what happens to new religions over time, and it will be welcomed by scholars from different areas of study.»

James T. Richardson, Foundation Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies, University of
Introduction, Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
1. Religious Demise: Definitional Issues and Conceptual Considerations, Stuart A. Wright (Lamar University, USA), Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen, Norway) and Carol M. Cusack (University of Sydney, Australia)
2. How Religions End: A Case Study of the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea, Joel Robbins (University of Cambridge, UK)
3. The Ends and Endings of Aum Shinrikyo, Erica Baffelli (University of Manchester, UK)
4. The Demise of Religion: The Case of Knutby Filadelfia in Sweden, Lisolette Frisk (Dalarna University, Sweden)
5. Religious Failure Deferred: The Panacea Society, Alistair Lockhart (Cambridge University, UK)
6. Denominationalization or Death? Comparing Processes of Change within the Jesus Fellowship Church and the Children of God aka The Family International, Eileen Barker (London School of Economics, University of London, UK)
7. How Online Counter-Narratives Catalyze Change: The Fall of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Jessica Johnson (College of William and Mary, USA)
8. The Creation and End of an Anti-Religious Religion, Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
9. State Actions Leading to Religious Demise, Stuart A. Wright (Lamar University, USA)
10. Collective Violence as Religious Demise, James Lewis (Wuhan University, China) and Carole M. Cusack (University of Sydney, Australia)
Bibliography
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Michael Stausberg is Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway. His most recent book (co-edited with Steven Engler) is The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion (2016).

Stuart A. Wright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Lamar University, USA. His most recent book is Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities (2016), with Susan J. Palmer.

Carole M. Cusack is Professor in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently the Editor of the journal Literature & Aesthetics and is a member of the editorial board of eleven journals.