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The Web of Religion and Science


Bellah, Habermas and Giddens


Scholars from various fields of study have long dealt with the relationship between religion and science. This subject has found a particular expression in sociology. Sociologists and other scholars agree that even though religion and science can be seen as separate from each other, there are several commonalities between the two. The common ground between Bellah, Giddens, and Habermas – the meaningful position the Subject has/should have in constructing the social reality – brings to light a transition in the sociological theoretical arena, if we take into account the different theoretical roots of each scholar – Functionalism (Bellah), Positivism (Giddens), and Neo-Kantian (Habermas).
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0398-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jul 1,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 105
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0398-6
$55.00

Scholars from various fields of study have long dealt with the relationship between religion and science. This subject has found a particular expression in sociology. Sociologists and other scholars agree that even though religion and science can be seen as separate from each other, there are several commonalities between the two. However, beyond the basic recognition of this congruence, no attention has been given to questions regarding the common ground between religion and science, or the meaning of the common ground in a context informed by sociological theory.


By comparing Bellah’s theory of modern religion and the social scientific thought of Anthony Giddens and Jurgen Habermas, Hanan Reiner provides answers to these questions.

Scholars from various fields of study have long dealt with the relationship between religion and science. This subject has found a particular expression in sociology. Sociologists and other scholars agree that even though religion and science can be seen as separate from each other, there are several commonalities between the two. However, beyond the basic recognition of this congruence, no attention has been given to questions regarding the common ground between religion and science, or the meaning of the common ground in a context informed by sociological theory.


By comparing Bellah’s theory of modern religion and the social scientific thought of Anthony Giddens and Jurgen Habermas, Hanan Reiner provides answers to these questions.

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  • Table of Contents (page 7)
  • Acknowledgments (page 9)
  • Introduction (page 11)
  • 1 Religion, Science, and Sociology (page 13)
    • 1. General Trends in the Relationships between Religion and Science (page 13)
    • 2. Research in the Sociology of Religion (page 16)
      • A. General Background (page 16)
      • B. Some Research Trends in the Sociology or Religion (page 18)
      • C. A Theoretical Framework of Research of Religion (page 20)
      • D. Attitudes toward Religion (page 23)
      • E. Religion and Science (page 28)
    • 3. Preliminary Summary and Methodological Clarifications (page 30)
  • 2 Bellah's Stages of Religious Evolution (page 33)
    • 1. Introduction (page 33)
    • 2. The Primitive Stage (page 33)
    • 3. The Archaic Stage (page 34)
    • 4. The Historic Stage (page 35)
    • 5. The Early Modern Stage (page 36)
    • 6. The Modern Stage (page 37)
  • 3 Jurgen Habermas and Robert Bellah (page 41)
    • 1. Introduction (page 41)
    • 2. Jurgen Habermas' Theoretical Construct (page 41)
      • A. Basic Assumptions (page 41)
      • B. Lifeworld and System (page 42)
      • C. The Role of Science in Creating Unbalanced Relationships between the "Lifeworld" and the "System" (page 45)
      • D. Habermas and Other Theoretical Approaches (page 47)
      • E. The Meaning of the Development of the Theory of Communicative Action (page 54)
    • 3. Points of Contact between Robert Bellah's Theory of Modern Religion and the Theoretical Thought of Jurgen Habermas (page 57)
      • A. Introduction (page 57)
      • B. Points of Contact (page 57)
  • 4 Anthony Giddens and Robert Bellah (page 61)
    • 1. Introduction (page 61)
    • 2. Anthony Giddens' Theory (page 61)
      • A. Basic Assumptions (page 61)
      • B. The Theory of Structuration (page 64)
      • C. Giddens and Other Theoretical Approaches (page 67)
      • D. The Significance of Theory of Structuration (page 72)
    • 3. Points of Contact between Robert Bellah's Theory of Modern Religion and the Theoretical Thought of Anthony Giddens (page 75)
      • A. Introduction (page 75)
      • B. Points of Contact (page 75)
  • 5 The Meaning of Points of Contact Between Robert Bellah's Theory of Modern Religion and the Theoretical Thougths of Habermas and Giddens (page 79)
    • 1. Introduction (page 79)
    • 2. The Meaning of the Common Denominator between Bellah, Giddens, and Habermas in the General Theoretical Context (page 80)
    • 3. The Symbolic Significance of an Active Subject in the General Context (page 83)
    • 4. Sociology and Social Vision (page 86)
    • 5. The Theoretical Turning Point Sounded by the Activist Bell (page 91)
    • 6. Final Remark (page 95)
  • References (page 97)