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Title: RETHINKING SOCIOLOGY’S ROOTS THE BIBLE AS A TEXT OF SOCIAL THEORY IN THE SHADOWS OF MARX, DURKHEIM, & WEBER
Authors: YEE HERN XHANG, JOSHUA
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: YEE HERN XHANG, JOSHUA (2018-04-16). RETHINKING SOCIOLOGY’S ROOTS THE BIBLE AS A TEXT OF SOCIAL THEORY IN THE SHADOWS OF MARX, DURKHEIM, & WEBER. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Marx, Durkheim, and Weber are widely considered the founding fathers of sociology. Their writings on modernism and critiques of where society was headed became the roots that the scientific study of society grew from. The bible is not normally considered a text of social theory, but its pages contain, among other things, explanations of human nature, selected historical narratives of societies, and a critique of social institutions. Furthermore, the modern biblical canon pre-dates sociology’s founding fathers. The author examines the biblical narrative to write a social theory, claiming that biblical implications for society could have formed a root of sociology different from that of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. This biblical social theory covers selected portions of the entire biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. The author shows that societies go through a process of subjectification, whereby the moralities of certain individuals become ingrained as objective references for the rest of society. It is suggested that instead, societies need to move towards objectification, the transforming of morality towards the objectivity of God. Throughout the paper the author offers conceptualizations of certain key sociological concepts such as ‘the social’, ‘society’, ‘illusity’, ‘authority’, and ‘power. These concepts are used as building blocks for the theory of subjectification. The thesis concludes with a number of implications that biblical social theory has for sociology.
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