By Ulrich Beck
Faith posits one attribute as an absolute: religion. in comparison to religion, all different social differences and assets of clash are insignificant. the recent testomony says: ‘We are all equivalent within the sight of God'. to make sure, this equality applies in simple terms to those that recognize God's lifestyles. What this implies is that along the abolition of sophistication and state in the neighborhood of believers, faith introduces a brand new basic contrast into the area the excellence among the correct of believers and the incorrect type. hence openly or tacitly, faith brings with it the demonization of believers in different faiths.
The imperative query that may come to a decision the continuing life of humanity is that this: How do we conceive of one of those inter-religious tolerance during which loving one's neighbor doesn't mean battle to the loss of life, one of those tolerance whose target isn't fact yet peace?
Is what we're experiencing at this time a regression of monotheistic faith to a polytheism of the spiritual spirit less than the heading of ‘a God of one's own'? In Western societies, the place the autonomy of the person has been internalized, person people are likely to suppose more and more at liberty to inform themselves little religion tales that healthy their very own lives to nominate ‘Gods in their own'. besides the fact that, this God of
their personal is not any longer the only and in basic terms God who presides over salvation by means of seizing regulate of heritage and empowering his fans to be illiberal and use bare force.
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22 The Return of the Gods What evidence has the sociology of religion accumulated since the 1970s that might contribute to the fall of secularization theory, or indeed has already done so? Amidst the widespread talk of the ‘return’ of religion, it remains unclear to what extent we are talking about a change in the real world or a change of attitude (or indeed both). Four questions and lines of argument will be elaborated here. 1. Is secularization a European special path? 2. The paradox of secularization.
Driven from its throne and expelled from its place at the centre of society, religion has two successes to its credit (successes denied to the preachers and actors in the drama of Christian salvation). First, it has succeeded in passing the responsibility for rational knowledge to science and/or the state. It now falls to science to proclaim its terrestrial discoveries as transcendent truth. And it is left to politics to sanctify the earthly transcendence of the sovereignty of the political commonwealth in the shape of the ‘nation’ and the ‘state’.
The whole system seemed to favor, in fact, the criminal over the righteous. You could behave badly, say you were sorry, you would get extra fun and be reinstated in the same position as the one who had done nothing, who now had both to suffer the crime and the difficulty of forgiving, with no goodies in addition at all. And, of course, you would feel freer than ever to sin if you were aware of such a safety net: sorry, sorry, oh so sorry. 42 The Return of the Gods Like soft birds flying you could let the words free.
A God of One's Own: Religion's Capacity for Peace and Potential for Violence by Ulrich Beck