STARK, Rodney


STARK, Rodney
(1940-)
   SOCIOLOGIST of RELIGION and early proponent of the SECULARIZATION thesis which he later repudiated. He is best known for his co-authored article "Hellfire and Delinquency" which found no correlation between religious BELIEF and delinquent behavior
   a position which he now regards as wrong due to inadequate sampling. One of America's most creative sociologist his many books include the best selling introductory text Sociology (1985) and The Future of Religion (1985) which he wrote with William Sims Bainbridge.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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