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  • The New Metaphysicalsby Courtney Bender

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 25.00

    American spirituality—with its focus on individual meaning, experience, and exploration—is usually thought to be a product of the postmodern era. But, as The New Metaphysicals makes clear, contemporary American spirituality has historic roots in the nineteenth century and a great deal in common with traditional religious movements. To... more...

  • Heaven's Kitchenby Courtney Bender

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 23.00

    How do people practice religion in their everyday lives? How do our daily encounters with people who hold different religious beliefs shape the way we understand our own moral and spiritual selves? In Heaven's Kitchen , Courtney Bender takes a highly original approach to answering these questions. For more than a year she worked in New York City... more...

  • After Pluralismby Courtney Bender; Pamela E. Klassen

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively... more...

  • What Matters?by Courtney Bender; Ann Taves

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    Over the past decade, religious, secular, and spiritual distinctions have broken down, forcing scholars to rethink secularity and its relationship to society. Since classifying a person, activity, or experience as religious or otherwise is an important act of valuation, one that defines the characteristics of a group and its relation to others, scholars... more...

  • Religion on the Edgeby Courtney Bender; Wendy Cadge; Peggy Levitt

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 21.99

    The thirteen essays in this volume challenge conventional scholarly approaches to the sociology of religion. They urge readers to look beyond congregational settings, beyond the United States, and to religions other than Christianity, and encourage critical engagement with religion's complex social consequences. Religion on the Edge offers groundbreaking... more...

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