Date of Award

1-1-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Religious and Theological Studies

First Advisor

Carl Raschke

Keywords

Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, Olivier Roy, Post-secular, Religiosity, Secularization

Abstract

My thesis is that secularization transforms religion into religiosity. In other words, the secular breaks apart religion, or rather, 'deculturates' religion from a cohesive, collective body embedded within a particular society and within a traditional culture towards an individuated, and existential experience of faith within the autonomous religious subject. There are various reasons for this shift, as there are various consequences. Globalization, which is modernization writ large, is the dominant paradigm through which I conceptualize these changes. The theorist whose work I use as a lens to interpret secularization, religion and societal transformation is Olivier Roy. Roy's theories are of significance within the contemporary debates of globalization, the post-secular, and what is known as the 'return of religion', in that his theories provide a strong explanatory effect of the conditions of contemporary religion and societal change. Roy stands in the tradition of secularization theory that supports transition towards religious decline. He does not advocate the model of a revival of religion within the West. For Roy, secularization stands triumphant. My work supports his argument, thus I too advocate the secularization model, albeit with certain modifications.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Joshua Rey Ramos

File size

184 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Religion, Sociology, Political science

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