By Inger Furseth
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 basic motive force or do political leaders use faith for his or her personal reasons? Do all religions oppress girls? those are the various questions addressed during this publication. An creation to the Sociology of faith offers an summary of sociological theories of latest non secular existence. a few chapters are equipped based on subject. Others supply short displays of classical and modern sociologists from Karl Marx to Zygmunt Bauman and their views on social existence, together with faith. in the course of the e-book, illustrations and examples are taken from numerous spiritual traditions.
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In one case, the religious elite claims authority on the basis of experience only they can access. This tradition excludes the large majority. In another case, lay people claim that their religious experiences are equal to those of the clergy. This tradition has a democratizing effect. In spite of the fact that both traditions stress religious experience, they are quite different. By using Stark and Glock’s religious dimensions as tools for analysis, we would only detect the similarity between the two traditions, not their differences.
In contrast to Marx, Weber thinks that one ideology is usually not limited to members of one social stratum only. Nor will all members of one social stratum adhere to the same religion. When it comes to explanations for religious change, there is no logical historical development or evolution in Weber’s theory. Although the main theme in his sociology is that the process of rationalization is a major changing force in Western civilization, he does not see rationalization as a unilinear development toward a new social order.
1 Karl Marx: Religion as projection and illusion Karl Marx (1818–83) was born the son of a lawyer in Trier, Germany. His parents were Jewish, although his father later converted to Protestantism. In 1841 Marx finished his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Berlin. During the following decade, he moved between Cologne, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris. In Paris, he and Friedrich Engels participated in revolutionary groups. The Communist Manifesto was published here in 1848. Marx had to flee the following year, and he settled in London, where he lived the rest of his life.