Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States

  title={Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States},
  author={R. Stephen Warner},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1044 - 1093}
  • R. Warner
  • Published 1 March 1993
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
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