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Global millennialism: A postmortem on secularization

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This chapter is an attempt to contribute both to the general theory of globalization and to the theory of religion. Specifically, the secularization thesis is dismissed as being a modern Western myth, within the context of elaboration of ideas concerning the present phase of the overall globalization process. Since the present author’s scheme of the phases of globalization was first produced, it has been found necessary to speak of phases other than those that occurred before the fifteenth century. In fact, during the past ten years or so the author has become increasingly convinced that there were much earlier phases of globalization. The global field consists, in its most general terms, of the following: nation-states; individual selves; the international system; and humanity. The chapter considers each of these components with reference to the theme of millennialism.

Keywords: globalization; humanity; international system; millennialism; secularization



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