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Sociology of Churches
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1. Definition

The sociology of churches is part of the sociology of religion. It deals with the social forms of Christianity, its influence on society in general, and the way in which it is affected by social factors. Compared with the sociology of religion, it has its own essentially narrower themes. It differs from pastoral sociology inasmuch as, like the sociology of religion, it is value-free. But the distinction is fluid. In general, pa…

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Sociology of Churches”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.36>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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