What Do Religions Actually Fight About?

A Durkheimian Perspective

in Durkheimian Studies
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  • 1 École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
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In this article, I use a reading of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life to show the relevance of the sociological point of view developed by Durkheim in the analysis and understanding of issues related to the religious conflicts that affect contemporary societies. In particular, I focus on the definition of the critical social function of religion, based on a certain conception of the necessities of action in society and on a gradual transformation of the idea of salvation into a secular context.