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"This is an excellent book that deserves to be widely read ... [It] is highly readable..." -- Journal of Church and State --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415914051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415914055
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of many books, including What is a Person?: Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up (Chicago 201); Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Do Not Give Away More Money (OUP 2008); Soul Searching: the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (OUP 2005), Winner of the 2005 "Distinguished Book Award" from Christianity Today; and Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture (OUP 2003).

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bouchard on November 7, 1997
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A Review of the Book Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social-Movement Activism Review by Rev. Bruce Bouchard For those of us in the church seeking to bring positive social change, the task can often be frustrating. Members of the congregation can be quite enthusiastic in caring about others in one to one relationships. They can spend hours volunteering to visit the sick and the lonely, feed the hungry, or even to share faith with those who despair. However, when it comes to standing back from the picture of individual hurts and looking at the larger panorama of systematic injustice such as poverty, human rights abuse, or war as a means of international conflict resolution, the faithful often do not seem to see the problem. Seldom is it a matter of not caring about the pain of others, rather it is a difficulty in comprehending human hurt on a systematic level. Those who try to motivate the faithful on to bring justice and responsible conflict resolution to a larger world often feel that their pleas fall on deaf ears and all their efforts are ineffective. One might be left asking the question: "Should one even bother to try?" Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social-Movement Activism, (New York and London: Routledge , 1996) an anthology edited by Christian Smith, offers an encouraging and inside look at how religious faith has influenced social change in such differing scenarios as the civil rights movement, the election of Hitler, the anti-apartheid movement, the Iranian revolution, and workers strikes in communist Poland. Unlike many works that apply the same formula to all social problems and turn the crank, the sociologists who author these essays seek insight into the special role that religion plays in each particular situation.Read more ›
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2014
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I dropped the class because this book was so ridiculous. The writing is so obscure I dropped the class to avoid having to read this rubbish! Sorry!
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