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Wheaton College where Christian Smith studied.
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Gordon College where Christian Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States
Harvard University where Christian Smith studied.
(Liberation theology is a school of Roman Catholic thought...)
Liberation theology is a school of Roman Catholic thought which teaches that a primary duty of the church must be to promote social and economic justice. In this book, Christian Smith explains how and why the liberation theology movement emerged and succeeded when and where it did.
(Focusing on the movement's three most important national ...)
Focusing on the movement's three most important national campaigns – Witness for Peace, Sanctuary, and the Pledge of Resistance – this book demonstrates the centrality of morality as a political motivator, highlights the importance of political opportunities in movement outcomes, and examines the social structuring of insurgent consciousness. Based on extensive surveys, interviews, and research, Resisting Reagan makes significant contributions to our understanding of the formation of individual activist identities, of national movement dynamics, and of religious resources for political activism.
(With its impressive empirical evidence, innovative theory...)
With its impressive empirical evidence, innovative theory, and substantive conclusions, American Evangelicalism will provoke lively debate over the state of religious practice in contemporary America.
(Based on data from a three-year national study, including...)
Based on data from a three-year national study, including more than 200 in-depth interviews of evangelicals around the country, Christian America? assesses the common stereotype of evangelicals as intolerant, right-wing, religious zealots seeking to impose a Christian moral order through political force. What Smith finds instead are people vastly more diverse and ambivalent than this stereotype suggests. On issues such as religion in education, "family values," Christian political activism, and tolerance of other religions and moralities, evangelicals are highly disparate and conflicted. As the voices of interviewees make clear, the labels "conservative" and "liberal" are too simplistic for understanding their approaches to public life and political action.
(The Sacred Project of American Sociology shows, counter-i...)
The Sacred Project of American Sociology shows, counter-intuitively, that the secular enterprise that everyday sociology appears to be pursuing is actually not what is really going on at sociology's deepest level. Christian Smith conducts a self-reflexive, tables-turning, cultural and institutional sociology of the profession of American sociology itself, showing that this allegedly secular discipline ironically expresses Emile Durkheim's inescapable sacred, exemplifies its own versions of Marxist false consciousness, and generates a spirited reaction against Max Weber's melancholically observed disenchantment of the world.
(Certain to stimulate debate and inspire promising new ave...)
Certain to stimulate debate and inspire promising new avenues of scholarship, Religion features a wealth of illustrations and examples that help to make its concepts accessible to readers. This superbly written book brings sound theoretical thinking to a perennially thorny subject, and a new vitality and focus to its study.
Christian Smith attended Wheaton College from 1978 to 1979. Later he studied at Gordon College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983. He also studied at Harvard University where he received a Master of Arts degree in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1990.
Christian Smith began his career as an instructor of Sociology at Gordon College in 1987. In 1989, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Sociology. In 1994, Smith took up the same post at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1999 he became a professor of Sociology. In 2003, he started to work as a Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor and held this post until 2006. Since 2006, he works as the William R. Kennan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He also was the Founding and Executive Director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 to 2014. Besides, Christian Smith was a Concurrent Professor at the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame from 2011 to 2016.
Christian Smith published his first book The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory in 1991. Later he wrote such books as Resisting Reagan: The U.S. Central America Peace Movement, American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving, Christian America? and The Sacred Project of American Sociology. His recent book Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters was published in 2017.
(Focusing on the movement's three most important national ...)1996
(Based on data from a three-year national study, including...)2000
(The Sacred Project of American Sociology shows, counter-i...)2014
(With its impressive empirical evidence, innovative theory...)1998
(Certain to stimulate debate and inspire promising new ave...)2017
(Liberation theology is a school of Roman Catholic thought...)1991
Christian Smith holds the view that critical realism is the most promising general approach to social science for best framing our research and theory. He said that critical realism is the meta-theoretical direction in which American sociology needs to move.
Christian Smith was a Faculty Fellow of Kroc Institute for Peace Studies and now he is a fellow of Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.