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Is it real that faith is weakening nowa days, or are we dealing with spiritual resurgence? what's fundamentalism? How does it emerge and develop? What function does faith play in ethnic and nationwide conflicts? Is faith a primary motive force or do political leaders use faith for his or her personal reasons? Do all religions oppress ladies? those are a number of the questions addressed during this publication. An creation to the Sociology of faith offers an outline of sociological theories of latest non secular lifestyles. a few chapters are equipped in keeping with subject. Others supply short displays of classical and modern sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their views on social lifestyles, together with faith. during the ebook, illustrations and examples are taken from numerous non secular traditions.

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Today, the concept of superstition is hardly used by scientists. Syncretism is a concept that previously was used in religious studies, but is now criticized for its ideological and ethnocentric implications. Critics maintain that syncretism presupposes the idea that some religions are pure (meaning superior), whereas other religions are mixed (meaning inferior). A sociologist will argue that every religion is affected by its context and therefore appears in hybrid forms, especially in a modern situation characterized by cultural communication and exchange.

Nevertheless, such a vague and generalized substantive definition will be difficult to use in empirical research. Wherein lies the distinction between that which is included in a world-view and that which is excluded? Some argue that a world-view is characterized by a certain modicum of reflection and systematization. On the basis of this argument, a statement claiming that the human race is sinful will be defined as a world-view, whereas a spontaneous utterance of disgust from a disappointed human being will not.

On the one hand, he frequently points to instances CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGISTS AND THEIR THEORIES where ideas express material interests in a direct way. On the other, he also identifies situations where ideology influences or initiates social change. Although Weber attempts to provide a correction to the materialism of Marx, it is not his aim to substitute a one-sided materialistic causal explanation for an equally one-sided spiritualistic explanation. Religion is not reduced to a simple product of external factors, but is related to intentionally motivated individuals who have specific purposes, and the material and the ideal conditions under which they live.

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