chapter  12
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Religion and rationality: Max Weber

Weber did not directly confront the broad question of the sources of the religious mentality or the causes of religious belief and behaviour. He was less concerned with the explanation of religion per se than with connections between different types of religion and specific social groups and the impact of different types of religious outlook upon other aspects of social life and particularly economic behaviour. However, Weber did briefly develop a general approach to religion as a social phenomenon and attempts to assess its nature and the type of human concern and motivation which underlie it at a number of points in his work.1