According to the global trends and in-depth study of their own religious identity and uniqueness, the importance of study of religion under a spatial perspective is important nowadays. The article analyses structural-functional and evolutionary approaches to dynamic study of the phenomenon of religion. Specifically, on base of generalization of a number of adopted theoretical and methodological approaches concerning the understanding of religion in society in the coordinates of philosophic discourse, the author proposed to construct a multi-methodological analysis tool aimed at detecting reception of the past in the present state of religious space. Religion acts as a social mechanism aimed to strengthen certain secular as well as sacred, the feeling among the faithful, as an integration of social groups. There is the possibility to identify structural levels of religion: sacred, confessional, and religious space, where each next higher form includes the previous one in “shot” form. The interpretation of religious space is synergistic in its nature and content because it provides a synthesis of scientific research on the use of key methodological constructs of its study. The author shows a basic possibility of application of schemes of spatial analysis of the functioning of religion in society.
Keywords: religion, functioning of religion in society, religious space, social ideal, religious ideology.
About the author
Olena G. Bortnikova – PhD (Philosophy), Assistant Professor,
Post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Religious Studies, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;