British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group


British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group

PROPHETS AND PREDICTIONS
Religion in the 21st Century

Annual Conference 2000

Wednesday 29th March-Saturday 1st April

at the
University of Exeter

ABSTRACTS

ELISABETH ARWECK

Sociologists as prophets? The case of new religious movements

JAMES BECKFORD

'Choosing rationality'

MALCOLM BROWN

Islam and the concept of the secular

STEVE BRUCE

Mainstream Churches RIP

HELEN CAMERON

The decline of the church in England as a local membership organization: Predicting the nature of civil society in 2050

NICK CAMPION

The future of astrology

JOSÉ CASANOVA

Beyond European and American exceptionalisms: Towards a global perspective

PAUL CHAMBERS

'A Very Religious People'? Contemporary processes of religious decline in Wales and their implications for the maintenance of a distinctive Welsh cultural identity

BEN PINK DANDELION

The complexities of disaffiliation: a Quaker case-study

GRACE DAVIE

The persistence of institutional religion in modern Europe.

DOUGLAS DAVIES

Global Mormonism

ARTHUR FARNSLEY

Congregations as the focal point of American religious life

RICHARD FENN

Infinite possibility and its reduction to the sacred: another approach to secularization?

JOHN FULTON

Young adults and the future of Catholicism in England

FREDERIC GANDUS

The XXIst Century between prophetic discourses, political depletion and economic globalizations: a multi-hypothesis reading about the crucial importance of the coming religious issues and what can be predicted from concerns and opportunities caused by contemporary extensive changes

DAVID GREEN

Nomad and War Machine: Paganism in the 21st century

S. J. D. GREEN

Tocqueville, pantheism and religion in the age of democracy

DIANA GREGORY

'& thank the Lord I'm Welsh!' (i): The future of membership of the Presbyterian Church of Wales

MATHEW GUEST

'Alternative' worship and the liberalisation of Protestant

Evangelicalism in the UK

MALCOLM HAMILTON

The Easternization thesis: critical reflections

CHRIS HARRIS

Belonging without believing

PAUL HEELAS

An aging New Age?

DAVID HERBERT

Secularization in the global village, rationalization and the postmodern mind

ROB HIRST

Contemporary social networks and implications for the future of personal religious beliefs

MIKE HORNSBY-SMITH

The changing Catholic Diocese: reactive or pro-active?

KATE HUNT

Understanding the spirituality of people who do not go to Church

ANASTASIA KARAFLOGKA

Religion on/in cyberspace

WILL KEENAN

Monasticism and religious life: Just another new millennium

JOHN KENNEDY

Machiavelli and Mandeville: Prophets of post-Christianity

SUNGHO KIM

Modernization and the future of religion in South Korea

KLAUS-PETER KOEPPING

Empowerment through embodiment in litury and ideology: An apocalyptic religious movement in modern Japan

DAVID LEHMANN

Charisma and possession in Africa and Brazil

GORDON LYNCH AND MARTIN STRINGER

Trends, theories and trajectories: devising a methodology for religious prediction

DAVID MARTIN

Is there a leading edge to religious change?

DAVID MAXWELL

'African Gifts of the Spirit': Fundamentalism and the rise of the Born-Again Movement in Africa

BIRGIT MEYER

Modernity and religion in Ghana

WILL MYER

Chingiz Aitmatov: A Soviet prophet

ULRICH NEMBACH

Changes in traditional preaching: prophecy?

ROGER O'TOOLE

Matters of life and death: reflections on art and religion

JO PEARSON

'Witchcraft will not soon vanish from this earth': Wicca and Paganism in the 21st century

MARTYN PERCY

A new kind of practical theology?

GAY PILGRIM

Towards an alternate ordering ...

SARAH POTTER

Secularization, social capital and prediction

URSULA RAO

Social empowerment through prophetic embodiment: the belief in divine guidance in an Indian urban environment

PHILIP RICHTER

Do moving ministers move congregations? Rational choice theory and the philosophy and practice of Methodist ministerial itinerancy.

JOHN SIMPSON

Religion and politics in post-industrial democratic societies

ULF SJODIN

The paranormal and religiosity in Sweden

GREG SMITH

Sociological readings (of the future) of religious diversity in inner city London : social cohesion, ideology, rational choice in the supermarket, or the complex ecology of faith

WAYNE SPENCER

Are the stars going out? The future of astrology as religion in the west

BILL SWATOS

Icelandic normalcy: revisiting an elemental religio-cultural life form

JAMES SWEENEY

Prophets & parables. A future for Religious Orders

JENNY TAYLOR

After secularism: Goverance and the inner cities

OLIVIER TSCHANNEN

To follow.

DAWID VENTUR

The political-economy of racially-mixed congregations in South Africa, 1665-1998

JOHN WALLISS

When prophecy fails: The Brahma Kumaris and the pursuit of the millennium(s)

BRYAN WILSON

Prediction & prophecy in the future of religion

MATTHEW WOOD

Capital possession: spirits and society in 21st century Britain

LINDA WOODHEAD

Why the death of liberal Christianity may have been exaggerated

JUSTIN WOODMAN

Lovecrafting the Art of Magick: secularism, modernity, and emergent Stellar Spiritualities within contemporary occult discourses

ANDREW YIP

The Self as the basis of religious faith: spirituality of gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians