Max Weber

Hans G. Kippenberg

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Max Weber


This article holds that Max Weber's sociology of religion has been mostly read as a theory of secularisation, when what Weber assumed was a different relationship between religion and modernisation than this reading suggests. A strong emphasis in Weber, the discussion argues, was on how the process of disenchantment when establishing secular orders as autonomous spheres becomes a catalyst for new types of religiosity rather than the decline of religion.

Keywords: Max Weber; religion; sociological theory; secularisation; disenchantment

Article.  6553 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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