Religious Sects and Social Development
The interplay between religious ethics and economic development has been one of the focal themes of sociological reasoning and research. Max Weber was the most influential sociologist to establish a positive relationship between the Protestant sect and the development of capitalism in the West. He also aroused the controversy that religion in India, particularly Hinduism, is not conducive to the development of capitalism. This book examines the relationship between religious sects of Christianity, Jainism, and Sikhism, and the level of their social development in the Indian city of Agra. It also examines social development vis-?-vis social and religious practices of the sects, the interplay between sect and society, conflict and harmony, and modernism and development. It is a study that removes the stigma attached to Indian religions in hindering social development.
Publication Date: 12/31/2010
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