For W 2/7

Davie, chapters 5-6
Each group will discuss one question.

1. How do modernity and post-modernity pose different problems for religion?

2. What does the decline in traditional secular organizations in modern Europe tell us about religion?

3. In what ways is “post-modern” religion public?

4. What does Davie mean by the shift from obligation to consumption?

5. How is fundamentalism a specifically post-modern form of religion?

6. What do public opinion surveys (such as EVS, WVS, ISSP, or ARDA) tell us about religion in modern societies?

7. How is census data important to understanding religion in modern societies?

8. What do case studies or ethnographies add to the sociology of religion that large-scale public opinion surveys cannot?