We can therefore conclude that non-reductive sociology, and especially non-reductive sociology of religion, has a vital role to play as handmaid to a theologie totale. God ‘in the field’ is found by lifting the decks on the grimy ills of ‘Wigan Pier’ without getting stuck there, not by fantasizing about a postmodern theme park ‘Wigan Pier’ of unreal nostalgia (for a lost past of neo-Gothic liturgical enchantment), nor by denying that the sea of faith is often awash with muck. But sociology of religion does not only expose ills and abuses; it can also turn up unexpected arenas of grace and faith: it can discover ways in which doctrine can be made newly alive by reference to its earthed manifestations, as well as ways in which doctrine is abused in its earthed distortions. That is why the feminist hermeneutics of suspicion, while never rendered otiose, can never represent the last word either. (Sarah Coakley, God, Sexuality, and the Selfp.85)

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