Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

chaminda with editorsA book I co-edited with Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014), has been reviewed in Numen (Vol 62, pp. 484-486, 2015) by Chaminda Weerawardhana from Queen’s University Belfast.

Weerawardhana also spoke at the launch of the book at the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network’s bi-annual meeting in Belfast in Sept. 2014. (Weerawardhana is pictured here with Monnot, Winkel and me.)

The book was a joint venture of the European Sociology of Religion Research Network and the North American-based Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR). It is volume 24 in ASR’s ‘Religion and the Social Order’ series.

You can read the full review on academia.edu. I have reproduced some excerpts below.

Chaminda Weerawardhana’s Review of ‘Religion in Times of Crisis’

Religion in Times of Crisis is an essentially European initiative and a significant contribution that explores the crises of religion in European as well as non-European socio-political spaces. Articles in this volume were initially presented at the 2013 meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion network. The book especially includes contributions by younger scholars that shed light upon counter-intuitive insights into the ways in which religion deals with the crisis of modernity and interacts with state apparatuses.
… Overall, the editors have brought together a series of articles that explore ways in which religion intercepts the crises of modernity, on the one hand, and how religion interacts with politics of nation-states, on the other. The book’s key strength lies in the diversity and broad range of the contributions, strongly enhancing its cross-cutting and interdisciplinary interest. This book is worthwhile reading for the student of sociology and anthropology of religion as well as of political science.

One Response to Review of Religion in Times of Crisis in Numen, by Chaminda Weerawardhana

  1. Dennis Golden June 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    Do we need all this quasi erudite verbosity from academia?

    The writers are, apparently, all or mainly from a Christian tradition or background, and might be considered, or consider themselves, to be Post-Christian.

    A simple template for a Post-Christian society can be found in the words attributed to a pre-Christian wise man, Jesus, who may or may not have existed in the first thirty years of the Julian calendar – “Treat others as you would have them treat you”.

    A Post-Christian interpretation of the Christian gospel story is that the pagan, or even Jewish, concept of a ‘god’ died on the cross. Mankind, as the apparently most developed manifestation of godness (for want of another term, LOGOS perhaps), must come of age and exercise his/her inherited awesome responsibility intelligently in the spirit of the wise words above.

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