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Introduction

I write of popular religion. A l l societies have a religion, and religion has always been popular. It always takes on the flavor and formulas of a particular culture. Not only is religion a social phenomenon, but, as Emile Durkheim observed, society is a religious phenomenon.1 The substance of culture is religion and the form of religion is culture. Religion, Paul Tillich wrote, is whatever people take seriously.2