Producing the Sacred: An Essay on Public Religion
What is public religion? How does it manifest the sacred? Wuthnow states that cultural expressions, religious or otherwise, do not simply happen but are produced. He considers the major organizational forms that produce public religion, shows how they shape public religion's messages, and reveals the implicit and unintended ways in which the sacred is expressed in modern society.
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Prolific essayist and author Wuthnow (Rediscovering the Sacred, Eerdmans, 1992) is academically well suited to write this treatise. He seeks to gain insight into public religion by considering the subject as a cultural expression-hence, something that is produced. Specifically, Wuthnow argues that religions continue to exist because of individuals, communities, and organizations and that the sacred-that is, those "symbolic frameworks that are set apart from everyday life''-is also produced. What makes this essay engaging is that Wuthnow illustrates the implications of his subject in our own lives. His observations are both keen and perceptive. Written for the generally informed reader, the text is studious but not laborious. For all large public and academic religion collections.-David. L. Laughlin, MLS, St. Louis