Robert Wuthnow, Meaning and Moral Order (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987)
Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979).
Talcott Parsons, "Christianity in Modern Industrial Society," in Sociological Theory and
Modern Society (New York: The Free Press, 1967).
"rational choice" model of religion elaborated in
Laurence R. Iannaccone, "A Formal Model of Church and Sect," American Journal of Sociology 94 (Suppl. 1988): 241-68;
Laurence R. Iannaccone, "Why Strict Churches Are Strong," American Journal of Sociology 99,
no. 5 (March 1994): 1180-1211
Roger Finke and Rodney Stark, The Churching of America (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992)
In their assertion that strict churches are strong, they are testing the hypotheses made famous by Dean M. Kelley, in Why Conservative Churches Are Growing, 2nd ed. (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1977).
Selling God: American Religion in the Marketplace of Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).