The author introduces sociology of religion theory from the perspective of objective hermeneutics, as developed by the German sociologist Ulrich Oevermann. The dynamics of religious action are derived from the crisis structure of Lebenspraxis—the dialectic of crisis and the overcoming of crisis. The theoretical sociology of religion discourse needs to be founded on a theoretical model of religiosity that is homologous with the Lebenspraxis model, which is not considered static, but a model of structural transformation. In the dialectical movement between routine and crisis, religiosity is constituted by so-called “Bewährungsdynamik”.
Keywords: objective hermeneutics, Oevermann, sociology of religion, structural hermeneutics