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2 Articles in the Sociology of Religion, 1964–1984

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The journal Sociology of Religion began in 1940 as the American Catholic Sociological Review. By the 1960s there appeared to be less of a distinctively Catholic sociology at the meetings of the sponsoring organization, the American Catholic Sociological Society, and in its journal, though there was an interest among the membership in the sociology of religion and of Catholicism. A Reader in the Sociology of Religion, edited by Louis Schneider (1964), was a college text for use in upper level undergraduate courses. What is more relevant to the sociology of religion is Marx's general sociology of knowledge, wherein ideological productions make the experienced everyday world comprehensible. The emergence of Marxian theory as an interest in sociology and the Berger/Luckmann approach to the sociology of knowledge resulted in the sociology of knowledge being applied in the sociology of religion.

Keywords: American Catholic Sociological Review; catholicism; Marxian theory; sociology of religion



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