Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 31 mm
High on God reminds us about the importance of paying greater attention to the roles of emotions and ritual in explaining the emergence, growth, and even failure of religious organizational forms. * Stephen Ellingson, Hamilton College, Sociology of Religion *
How have megachurches taken over church attendance in America? By replacing traditional church formalities with casual clothing and everyday settings that look like malls or pop concerts. Above all, by creating successful interaction rituals, with high rhythmic entrainment, mutual attention, and a love affair with a charismatic pastor who channels embodied emotions back out into the congregation. Wellman, Corcoran, and Stockly explore the dangers too, as adulation of the pastor can lead to sex scandals and the perils of too much success. High-energy churches draw people from low-energy churches by putting into practice the power of micro-sociology. * Randall Collins, author of Napoleon Never Slept: How Great Leaders Leverage Social Energy *
Neither dismissive nor encomiastic, High on God examines the phenomenon of megachurches from a variety of perspectives- sociological, demographic, psychological, ethnographic and, most important, historical. The authors discern an intricate negotiation between self and society that characterizes those who attend megachurches. This intelligent and nuanced study may provide the best analysis of megachurches (and those who love them) to date. * Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America *
In High on God, Emile Durkheim meets Joel Osteen. Authors Wellman, Corcoran, and Stockly integrate social science theory with contemporary data to explain the emotional draw of America's largest Protestant churches. They argue that megachurches and their charismatic pastors help fulfill deep human needs. A fascinating topic, well researched, and engagingly written. I highly recommend it. * Kevin D. Dougherty, Associate Professor of Sociology Baylor University *
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