Max Weber's Impact On The Sociology Of Religion

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Sociology of Religion The origins of Sociology in its self is considered a new practice which began in the early nineteenth century, and has only been around for approximately 200 years. This is a very short time compared to other practices. “The renewed global importance of religion from North and South America to South and East Asia, from Europe to the Middle East and Africa has had a profound impact on the sociology of religion,” Hinnells, J. (2010). The populous was no longer separated by geographical location thanks to the innovations in travel, and technology. Therefore, this led to a population explosion where people migrated to urban areas. The modernization of the world had begun to transform our societies by exposing …show more content…

… an “objective” analysis of cultural events, which proceeds according to the thesis that the ideal of science is the reduction of empirical reality to “laws,” is meaningless… [because]… the knowledge of social laws is not knowledge of social reality but is rather one of the various aids used by our minds for attaining this end.” Max Weber, “Objectivity” in Social Science, 1897. It appears from my readings that Weber initially maintained a subjective, almost outsider view relating to the institution of religion, before he would utilize an objective one. This was unlike others who would rather study religion from an insider perspective. This approach gave Weber a more realistic view of the religions around the world. Weber’s studies and analysis have contributed greatly to modern sociology. Emile Durkheim: ……….. Durkheim born on April 15,1858, in Lorraine, France, and is a French sociologist credited with the foundation and framework that built sociology into a professional discipline. Durkheim’s life’s work is regarded as a cornerstone in the scientific study of society, and has contributed greatly to the field of modern

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