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By Slavica Jakelic

ISBN-10: 0754678830

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Collectivistic Religions attracts upon empirical reports of Christianity in Europe to deal with questions of faith and collective id, faith and nationalism, faith and public lifestyles, and faith and clash. It strikes past the makes an attempt to take on such questions when it comes to 'choice' and 'religious nationalism' by means of introducing the concept of 'collectivistic religions' to modern debates surrounding public religions.

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On Fitzgerald’s critique of “religion,” as a “mystifiying function in western liberal capitalist ideology,” see Fitzgerald 2000, 7; 9. 40 Collectivistic Religions for categories such as “ritual,” “soteriology,” “sacred,” or “transcendental,”123 which often have origins in Western theological contexts. 124 The inability to appreciate such dialectics stems from the fact that these two scholars conceptualize authority as interchangeable with power, and legitimation as identical with ideology. 125 The social scientists’ designation of the “problem of meaning” becomes exclusively situated in the realm of ideology.

In their usage, just as in the Roman and Christian usages of the Latin term “religion,” religion referred to rituals and ritual obligations. But, the colonizers abstracted the text of “religion”—what they understood as its essence—from its original (Western) context. Religion thus became something to observe and evaluate from the outside. It is possible to suggest that the European colonization of the Americas initiated the process in which religion, once constitutive of the totality of social life, was gradually transformed into a classification category.

47 See Smith 2003, 3. In interpreting Kedourie, Smith however writes that it has often been overlooked that “religion is vital to both the origins and the continuing appeal of both nations and nationalisms in the modern world,” 2003, 15. For this, see also Susan Reynolds’s “Review of Chosen Peoples,” HER, June 2004, 840. 48 On Smith following Benedict Anderson in this regard, see Smith 2003, 14. 49 Smith 2003, 14/31. 50 See Siniša Malešević, Identity as Ideology: Understanding Ethnicity and Nationalism, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 116.

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