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A Theory of Religion Paperback – June 1, 1996
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«By demonstrating that the main propositions of the sociology of religion have a logical coherence, the authors have made a decisive contribution to their discipline.» (Winston Davis, The Journal of Religion)
«...the finest consistent application of the deductive method for the construction of a sociological theory of religion. The value of 'A Theory of Religion' lies in the distance it carries sociology toward a scientific theory of religion and in teh sustained rigor of its deductive application. It is a 'must read'.» (Thomas Ryba, Zygon)
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