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What You Don't Know About Religion (but Should)

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What is a religion? Why are people religious? Are religious people more educated than nonreligious people? Are religious people more moral, more humble, or happier? Are religious people more or less prejudiced than nonreligious people? Is religion good for your health? Are people becoming more or less religious? Studying religion as a social phenomenon, Ryan T. Cragun foll ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Pitchstone Publishing (first published March 1st 2013)
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“Our new world needs tolerance.”

“To my mind the scientific research suggested to me a logical path – to reject religion. You need not do that. You could choose the best religious alternative to that: liberal religion. I can respect that choice.”

“After people read this book, they should view religious fundamentalists with sympathy and a bit of scorn.”

“Religious fundamentalists are detriments to soc
Cragun gives a great review of how religion works sociologically. He encourages fundamentalalists and moderates to be more liberal. He has further information in the back for studies and methodology.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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If you want to polarise a group of people and put the metaphorical cat amongst the pigeons, you need a book like this, which concerns itself with religion!

The core, seemingly basic questions, such as what is religion, are religious people more moral, more humble or happier or even is religion good for your health, are posed by the author. The latter question, or more specifically the lack of religion, can be very injurious to one's health in some countries. The questions can be very contentious
Charles Mccue
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Finally! A Sociological book about Religion that is actually enjoyable to read. Mr. Cragun's writing style is direct, smart, personal, and very funny. He begins most chapters with an anecdote that encapsulates each chapters thesis. We get to know the author, his family, and his former religious beliefs quite well. Being a Sociological study of Religion, Mr. Cragun uses data from the General Social Survey when dealing with Religious/Social matters in the U.S., and the World Values Survey for such ...more
Justin Powell
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book consists of 28 small chapters. Each chapter is concise and on point. Ryan unpacks the surveys that have been done on various topics in regards to religiosity, and the nonreligious. This isn't, nor was it intended to be a scholarly piece of literature. However, that doesn't mean it's useless to the more informed. Without a doubt, this book might be one of the better publications on the topic. Why? Because the information can be digested in small bits, without overwhelming the reader who ...more
Jo Anne
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but then, Mr. Cragun is preaching to the choir--I've been anti organized religion since I was 7.

Using charts and an easy conversational style, Cragun discusses what he calls "religion's dark side;" how fundamental Christians are hurting the world.

It would be wonderful if just a few holier than thou "Christians" picked up this book and had their eyes opened.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Learned a few new things from this book. I enjoyed hearing the data for the answers.

I disliked the audio production and the author was very monotone and droning.

I study other religions and do comparative religion studies as do my parents and husband. We read, visit churches and visit with people. Quite a bit of this we had figured out on our own, but had never seen it from sociologist stand point, not with facts to back us up, not with explanations as to the why.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read with numbers

Decisions should be based on facts and this one presents inbreeding facts. It is up to you to decide.

Although a lot of the points can be considered as obvious, having empirical data backing the points you have sensed all along is a good thing.
Cathy Hodge
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
The statistics were interesting. My favorite parts were the anecdotal stories at the beginning of each chapter.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent book.
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Ryan T. Cragun (1976-) is a husband, father, and sociologist of religion (in order of importance). Originally from Utah, he now lives in Florida and works at the University of Tampa. His research and writing focuses on religion, with an emphasis on Mormonism and the nonreligious. When he's not working, he's spending time with his wife and son, watching science fiction, hiking, playing soccer, or t ...more

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