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Anthropological Methods for the Study of Religion
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The sociology of religion is a sub-discipline of sociology. In this area we find a number of classic texts are freely available online plus a few new modern sociology textbooks that were recently publsihed as open educational resourcs. Hopefully more will appear in the future.
sociological methods
These two recently published textbooks are a great deal. They are free to download in pdf format from BCcampus OpenEd program. Click on the pictures to get the book.
introduction to sociology

elementary forms

Emile Durkheim
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life



protestant ethnic

Max Weber,
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

From Max Weber

Essays in Sociology

politics as vocation

Politics as Vocation


protestantism and progress

Ernst Troeltsch, Protestantism and Progress


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