Theological Versus Interactional Models of Religious Influence: Toward a Synthesis

Volume
Volume 17
Issue
Winter 1989
Title
Theological Versus Interactional Models of Religious Influence: Toward a Synthesis
Abstract

Each of the articles just presented in this issue calls for greater emphasis on theology in social scientific studies of religion. White (1968), however, advocated an interactional approach to the study of religion which he considered to be in direct opposition with theological approaches. At a time when religion in America is becoming more diverse, through formation of new religions, intradenominational diversity and theological dissent, and growth in number of individuals formulating their own personal theologies, social scientists need to combine theological and interactional approaches to adequately portray the nature and place of religion in society. After comments on each of the articles, an argument for and discussion of possible means to achieve that synthesis are presented.

Author
Dr. B.R. Hertel
Pages
360 - 372
Price
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