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I. Religious Studies

Rationalization is a relatively recent umbrella term with a variety of meanings; it denotes the replacement of traditional and fortuitous processes by planned, structured, and repeatable methods, according to criteria of functionality, effectiveness, and controllability. Since the effect of such methods is in principle always open to improvement, rationalization remains a never-ending process. In religious studies…

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Horyna, Břetislav and Oechsler, Walter, “Rationalization”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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