Part I Doubt about the subject matter: .
1. Sociology in opposition to religion? Preliminary considerations.
2. The fragmentation of religion in modern societies.
3. The elusive sacred.
Part II As our fathers believed:.
4. Religion as a way of believing.
5. Questions about tradition.
6. From religions to the religious.
Part III A break in the chain:.
7. Religion deprived of memory.
8. The chain reinvented.
Conclusion: Post-traditional society and the future of religious institutions.
'The author is a noted sociologist of religion in France, and this book is yet another and very valuable, contribution to the growing literature that rejects and moves beyond the older assumption that there is a necessary connection between modernity and secularization.' First Things
'This is an interesting book that deserves a wider audience if only for its detailed consideration of the relative merits of competing religions.' American Journal of Sociology
* Written in a stylish and accessible way, this book addresses the problem of how to distinguish religion from other systems of meaning in modern Western society.
* Develops an original argument about religion as a chain of memory and tradition which makes the indivudual believers into members of a community.