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The Sacred Project of American Sociology

Christian Smith


Contemporary American sociology is and promotes a profoundly sacred project at heart, counter to popular perceptions of its being purely secular. Sociology today is in fact animated by sacred impulses, is driven by sacred commitments, and serves a sacred project. Sociology appears on the surface to be a secular, scientific enterprise. Its founding fathers were mostly atheists. Its basic operating theoretical premises are secular and naturalistic. Sociologists today are disproportionately not religious, compared to all Americans, and often irreligious. This book shows, however, counter-intuitiv ... More

Keywords: sociology, sacred, spiritual, ideology, politicized, higher education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199377138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
University of Notre Dame