The American Sociologist

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 126–131 | Cite as

Comments on Sociology of Religion in America: a History of Secular Fascination with Religion

  • Janet S. Armitage


Anthony J. Blasi’s concise history in Sociology of Religion in America: A History of Secular Fascination with Religion provides a valuable journey through the evolution of the sociology of religion. He used self-created databases (1859–1959) of early American dissertations in the sociology of religion or religion more generally as well as journal indices (1959–1984) for sociology of religion articles to trace this history. Blasi did not merely create a timeline dotted with accolades alone. He detailed the early location of the sociology of religion in the “backwaters of sociology” and documented the struggles for scientific credibility and public as well as professional recognition. I centered my comments on three highlighted issues: the tension between empiricism and religion as reform (e.g., science versus sympathy), intersectionality of race and religion, and Blasi’s lived experiences in the sociology of religion.


Sociology of religion Intersectionality Empiricism Lived experiences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySt. Mary’s UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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