Introduction

Damon Mayrl is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research associate with the Social Science Research Council. His research interests include the sociology of religion, political sociology, and historical and comparative methods. His dissertation compares the evolution of institutional connections between government and religious organizations […]

Religion and Spirituality: History, Discourse, Measurement

Courtney Bender is an associate professor of religion and sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of Heaven’s Kitchen: Living Religion at God’s Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press, 2003). A new volume, entitled Worlds of Experience: Contemporary Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. The recent spate of attention […]