Has social science been a religion?: the dilemma of sociological analysis of religion

SOURCE: South African Review of Sociology
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.P.Sithole
KEYWORDS: AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES, RELIGION, RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4207
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/6435

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Abstract

This paper is a critical engagement with analytical tools social science has used to interpret religion and religious behavior. It looks at the relationship between the church and the divine sphere of life, the interpretation of social support in church, and the issue of sacrifice. The paper looks at the extent to which objectivity has been useful as a lens through which to interpret religion., It argues that there is a sphere of social life that acknowledges objectivism bit is beyond its use as the only lens of analysis.