Religious Comparison in the Age of Globalisation
Globalisation has changed both the subject and the object of the historical-religious comparison. On one hand, it has undermined the universalistic subjectivity of Western modernity; on the other, it has included religion as cultural code in other systems of meaning, which confer to it a different value of "faith" and "other" rituals.
It is urgently needed to redefine methods and perspectives of the History of religions, in order to come up with an anthropology of complex societies. This perspective will allow a comparative rethinking of the history of religions and their current problematics, especially as regards the great monotheisms and their diffusion in the modern and contemporary world, with particular attention to Hebraism and its role in the formation and development of the Western society as a specific theme researched by the University of Udine.