Significantly influencing the sociological study of religion, Hans Mol developed ideas of identity which remain thought-provoking for analyses of how religion operates within contemporary societies. Sacred Selves, Sacred Settings brings current social-religious topics into sharp focus: international scholars analyse, challenge, and apply Mol's theoretical assertions. This book introduces the unique story of Hans Mol, who survived Nazi imprisonment and proceeded to brush shoulders with formidable intellectuals of the twentieth century, such as Robert Merton, Talcott Parsons, and Reinhold Niebuhr. Offering a fresh perspective on popular subjects such as secularization, pluralism, and the place of religion in the public sphere, this book sets case studies within an intellectual biography which describes Mol's key influences and reveals the continuing import of Hans Mol's work applied to recent data and within a contemporary context.
Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham University and has published widely on the anthropology and theology of emotions, religious identity, Mormonism, Anglicanism, and death studies. He is an Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. Adam J. Powell is Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. He has presented numerous papers and lectures on the sociological theories of Hans Mol. In spring 2012, he was the recipient of a research award from the Centre for Death and Life Studies at Durham University which supported travel to Australia in order to research Mol's life and work.