Theorizing Religion in the Global Age: a typological Analysis

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As I have shown in this article, the insertion of religion in the globalization process is a very complex phenomenon that needs further theorizing in order to analyze the empirical data related to it. My contribution here is expressed in the construction of a typology of four basic religious positions towards society in the Global Age. Because of the abstract nature of the globalization process, it is necessary to develop an analytical tool that permits further theorizing of religion and globalization. This typology is made possible through the development of some existing theories concerning religion and globalization. Based on Eisenstadt's and Albrow's theories, we have shown that we are presently in a period where there are multiple definitions of modernity competing with each other as we slowly enter the new epoch of the Global Age.
This typology is a tool of research that will serve to classify the different case studies of religious groups and movements that I plan to continue to observe in the next few years. I have observed that the different religious position's towards society are all reactions and adaptations to the globalization process. As Beckford (2003) said in the case of religion, the globalization paradigm is certainly "good to think with." No more, no less.

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