|Religion and the Globalization of Social Life|
|Religion and the Sociological Tradition|
|Tools of the Trade|
|Three Pillars of Analysis: Beliefs, Rituals, and Institutions|
|Major Themes in the Sociology of Religion|
|Types of Religious Traditions|
|Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma|
|Religious Life in China and East Asia|
|Prolegomena: The Ancient Greeks|
|Kinship Network Continuities in Judaism and Islam|
|The Social Construction of Religious Traditions|
|The Elementary Forms of Religious Life|
|Constructing a Religious Ethos|
|Religion and Identity Construction|
|Religion and Stratification|
|Religious Taboo Lines and Ethical Systems|
|Religion and Sexuality|
|Religion and Politics|
|The Ethos of the Global Village|
|From Local to Cosmopolitan|
|The Challenge of Modernism|
|Historical Outcomes of the Modernist Crisis|
|The Modernist Crisis and the 21st Century|
|The Crisis of Multiculturalism|
|Civil Religion and Nationalism|
|Religious Syncretism and Alternative Religious Movements|
|New Forms of Religiosity|
|Religious Environmental Movements|
|Constructing and Reconstructing Religious Life|
|A Theory of Religious Conflict|
|Religion and the Problem of Violence|
|Religious Contributions to Nonviolence|
|Islam and Nonviolence|
|Chaos or Community?|
New section on Ancient Greek religion, which had a profound impact on Western civilization, from politics to art and architecture, as well as the Western religions, especially Christianity.
New section on the Sunni-Shia divide in Islam, a centuries-old conflict that has been revitalized by current events and political power struggles, and led to the rise rise of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). This section focuses on the role of religion in the conflict, providing an historical overview and sociological perspective.
Indigenous religions chapter has been expanded and updated.
The role of faith traditions in the debate about climate change is discussed.
Sunstantial new scholarship about the role of women across many religious traditions has been added.