The splendid idolatry of nationalism

Cavanaugh, illiam T. (2021) The splendid idolatry of nationalism. PRO PUBLICO BONO: MAGYAR KÖZIGAZGATÁS; A NEMZETI KÖZSZOLGÁLATI EGYETEM KÖZIGAZGATÁS-TUDOMÁNYI SZAKMAI FOLYÓIRATA, 9 (2). pp. 4-25. ISSN 2063-9058


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This article addresses the question ‘Do we live in a secular, disenchanted world devoid of gods, or do we live in a world populated by new gods?’ Some cite Max Weber in assuming that disenchantment is a fact. Others cite Émile Durkheim who points to ongoing forms of enchantment and the development of new religious forms to take the place of Christianity. In this article I use the case of nationalism to examine this question. I analyse two arguments, one that sides with Weber, the other with Durkheim. I not only side with Durkheim, but argue that Weber sides with Durkheim, too. I then go beyond Durkheim, and argue, from a Christian theological point of view, that nationalism is not only a religion, but an idolatrous one at that.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disenchantment, Émile Durkheim, idolatry, nationalism, religion, secularisation, Max Weber
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BL Religion / vallás
H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
J Political Science / politológia > JA Political science (General) / politológia általában
Depositing User: Gabriella Virág
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 15:55
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 15:55

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