IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(4): 386-389 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.267

Unmediated Religion: Individualism, the Mediatic Revolution, and the New Religious Deal

Patrick Laude
Abstract—This paper examines some of the implications of globalization and the media revolution of the last decades on the shaping of religious self-definition and practices. It highlights the role of individualism as value and communication as principle of truth in the formation of a new religious consciousness. It is argued that these vectors of transformation have contributed to bring about an unmediated religious experience that shuns sacramental and institutional intermediaries. Both neo-evangelical Christianity and Islamic puritan reformist bear witness to such transformations.

Index Terms—Christianity, contemporary religion, globalization, individualism, Islam, media, Christianity, Islam.

Patrick Laude is with Georgetown University, USA (email: laudep@georgetown.edu

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Cite:Patrick Laude, "Unmediated Religion: Individualism, the Mediatic Revolution, and the New Religious Deal," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 386-389, 2013.

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