A Sociological Analysis of the Liturgical Reform

Baylor University sociologist Rodney Stark has written numerous books on religion and particularly on the rise of Christianity. One of his interesting discoveries had to do with conversions; he found that a person’s attachment to the cultural aspects of their religion, specifically its unique rites and doctrines, corresponds to the likelihood that they will remain a member of that faith:

Any religion requires an adherent to master a lot of culture: to know the words and actions required by…

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