Religious factors of social modernization/alternative modernization of orthodoxy in the context of M.Weber’s theory

  • Y. Y. Medviedieva National aviation university
Keywords: modernization, alternative modernization, Orthodoxy, charisma, charismatic domination, the traditional dominance


The article deals with the definition of religious factors modernization / alternative modernization Orthodoxy in the context of the theory of Max Weber, as well as defining features of the relationship between the state and the Orthodox Church in the context of the relations of domination Weber types of rationality and social action. The author in the context of the use of the conceptual apparatus of the theory of Max Weber concluded that the result of clashes and compromises between the religious ethic of ascetic and mystical mood of monasticism with the apparatus of state violence became associated with the position of religion in relation to the «world» practice of social escapism. Christianity, according to the researcher, provides the legitimacy of traditional authority, which uses a charismatic, as the Orthodox Church confirms its divine origin, even in the absence of policy charismatic qualities, due to which there is a profanation of charisma. Therefore, all politicians, from the time of the Byzantine Empire in the communist and today’s post-communist politicians, not only did not go to the elimination of the Church as a political force and as the ideology of the center, and converted the church into one of the feudal corporations and obedient ally in the implementation of political security functions in relation to society and increase the prestige of the regime and the state as a whole.


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How to Cite
Medviedieva, Y. (2016). Religious factors of social modernization/alternative modernization of orthodoxy in the context of M.Weber’s theory. Grani, 19(9), 42-51.