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By Niels Reeh

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ISBN-13: 9783319396064

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Since 2001, historical past has confirmed the vintage and as soon as dominant theories of secularization improper. rather than forsaking the topic of secularization, Niels Reeh’s Secularization Revisited demonstrates how the cave in of previously dominant secularization theories exhibits basic conceptual demanding situations inside of sociology. via a ancient sociological case research of the political decision-making in regards to the educating of faith in Denmark from 1721 to 2006, Reeh explains why sociology of faith and sociology extra in most cases may still pay extra consciousness to interstate family members, state-form and state-agency. The Danish state’s curiosity in its population’ faith during the last 3 centuries answered not just to non secular reasons yet to matters approximately international relatives and the survival of the state.

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It seems inescapable that the dominant secularization theories have not considered the dynamic relation between religions themselves and that religions can take on new and different forms, which can be difficult to capture with a traditional institutionally oriented concept of religion. The main thrust of the conceptual analysis has been that the basic sociological concepts have (1) neglected the state agency and the external relations of the state and (2) conceptualized a society as a self-contained entity with only one religion.

Blended with other more impersonal types of bond, they underlie the extended ‘I-and-We’ consciousness, which hitherto has always seemed indispensable in binding together not only small tribes but large social units like nation-states encompassing many millions of people. People’s attachment to such large social units is often as intense as their attachment to a person they love. The individual who has formed such a bond will be as deeply affected when the social unit to which he devoted is conquered or destroyed, debased or humiliated, as when a beloved person dies.

It has seemed, in short, that we have to choose between reductionism, on the one hand, or a supermind floating over individual minds, on the other. I want to claim on the contrary, that the argument contains a fallacy and that the dilemma is a false one. It is indeed the case that all my mental life is inside my brain, and all your mental life is inside your brain … But it does not follow from that that all my mental life must be expressed in the form of a singular noun phrase referring to me. The form that my collective intentionality can take is simply ‘we intend’, ‘we are doing so-and-so,’ and the like.

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