Friday, 27 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
The history of religion is a very interestin subjet in academic world, not in Chile but in Europe or in Afrika it is widely developed. The historry of religion propuses a big trouble in the very beginning what is religion?, this is the point of start of the book “A short history of religions” of the author Francisco Diez de Velasco, a social anthropologist from Spain. First, religion is not something natural it is essentially a social event it is built in community, in a group who shares origins, or languages or even lands. Religion is a practice, if we start from here we can understand the next classification. Religions according to the level we can named it National, Imperial, Ethnic, Modern and Universalists. The most famous are this named Universalists, catholicism and protestantism. Chile it’s characterized as a very catholic country so we can say Chile is under a Universalists Religion. What means that a Religion be universalist? Because this kind of religion, gives a origin for Humankind so the humans share our fate. And it creates rules to follow that form an order in world, but this is normally in all religions the matter of the order or disorder. So We can say religions in our world are in many kinds, the religion can involve a country or a few persons, as almost a continent in different ages like Catholic dominated in Europe in the medieval Age, to me Religion are essentially in the social world not just because I study in kind of a secular university i won’t study it or Because Socialistic thoughts which are commonly shared in my faculty denies existence for religion. I would like to create a subject of sociology of religion in this faculty when i finish my degree.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Gabriel is a chilean Social Historian. He was born in 1936 so He already have 75 years old and He teach us Social History of Chile. He is kind of famous now beacuse of his books but this situation don't change him, He is nice and extremely intelligent. He is in my opinion a great teacher in the matter. He studied history, sociology and philosophy in our University so He's someone with a tremendous knowledge about the history of chile from the early conquest to present, He rigorously analize the history of the popular subject he is not like others Historians who talk about Chilean people as if we were one descendent of one people, the true he says is that chile is a myth like a sociologist says too (Tomás Moulian). That Chile that is in the scholar texts in the popular books is not the chile which really was. Chile like he talks about it was a true disgrace, because those who got the power in their hands don't share with the common people like a republican society they transformed into a oligarchy and controlled the political institutions as Economics and Social institutions leaving the mostly of chilean people outside the power of the state. He wrote and still write many books about chilean history, like "Contemporanean Chilean History (5 volumes)", "The history: from down and from the inside", "Merchants, Entrepeneurships and Capitalists", and many others which relate mainly the history of the popular subject. He is kind of a inspiration for me, to worry about those who were called "those without voice" who don't have the same opportunities as i had.
*The picture is from him as student.