Jon R. Kershner reviews “Ben” Pink Dandelion’s book, The Cultivation of Conformity: Toward a General Theory of Internal Secularisation, in QRT #135. Dandelion used British Quakerism as a test case for exploring the presence and impacts of secularization in religious communities. Although this book is mainly geared toward an audience of sociologists of religion, Quakers can learn much about our own denomination through his analysis. Kershner offers a helpful overview of Dandelion’s main points that are of interest to Friends, making it clear why Friends would want to explore this book in more depth. Read Kershner’s review when you order QRT #135.
[Image descriptions: header, turquoise background with yellow and dark turquoise designs, the book cover of The Cultivation of Conformity: Towards a General Theory of Internal Secularisation, which has a tusked elephant with zebra stripes. Text: Jon R. Kershner reviews: The Cultivation of Conformity: Towards a General Theory of Internal Secularisation by “Ben” Pink Dandelion. Image in text: turquoise background with yellow and dark turqouise designs, photos: Ben Dandelion; Jon R. Kershner reading his copy of QRT #135 seated on a grey couch with books behind him.]