The Sacred in a Secular Age: Toward Revision in the Scientific Study of Religion
Publisher: University of California Press | ISBN: 0520053435 | edition 1985 | PDF | 379 pages | 13,9 mb
A linear image dominates Western thought about society. Even cyclical views are cast in spiral form, thus helping to maintain the notion that social life is systematically "coming from" somewhere and "going" elsewhere. Social science, born in nineteenth-century evolutionism, matured with this perspective almost exclusively, indeed contributing to it many of the master terms used in contemporary discourse about social change: industrialization, modernization, rationalization, bureaucratization, and urbanization, to name but a few. All imply one-directional processes.