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PIERUCCI, Antônio Flávio. Religião como solvente: uma aula. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2006, n.75, pp. 111-127. ISSN 1980-5403. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-33002006000200008.
On the opposite direction of Durkheim, to whom the role of religion is to reconnect the individual with the society he belongs, this essay states that nowadays religions social power is quite the opposite: it separates people from its origins. Taking Max Webers work as a guideline, it supports that universal religion of individual salvation, the religious form that usually predominates, works as a device that disconnects people from their mother-culture.
Keywords : religion; conversion; sociology of religion; Max Weber; Émile Durkheim.