InsideHigherEd has a story up about the resurgence of the sociology of religion: Sociologists Get Religion. It provides details of a recent study analyzing sociology journal articles on religion published from 1978-2007. They report that:

there has been a significant increase over the last 25 or so years not only in the quantity of work done by sociologists on religion, but also in how religion is treated in those studies. No longer is it assumed to be only a reflection of some other socioeconomic trend, but increasingly it is treated as the factor that may be central to understanding a given group of people.

The story also includes reactions from several sociologists of religion including Fred Kniss, Darren Sherkat, and David Yamane.

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