PhD Thesis Review on
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS PHENOMENA EVOLUTION IN ROMANIA
by Claudiu HERTELIU
"Statistical analysis of religious phenomena evolution in Romania"
was elaborated by Claudiu Herteliu, under supervision of PhD, Univ. Prof.
Alexandru Isaic-Maniu, in the
Academy of Economics Studies
, and it was presented for public criticism on the October, 30th 2006, with the
permission of the Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics Faculty.
The thesis's main objectives are to set up a set of statistical indicators in order
to analyze the religious phenomenon evolution, with practical application
The PhD thesis consists of seven chapters that cover both theoretical aspects, and
a practical application.
In the Introduction, Mr. Herteliu presents the knowledge status of the analyzed
domain, within both national and international frameworks. Very interesting definitions
concerning the phenomena linked with „the religious market” are presented in this
section. The economics specifics methods that could be successfully used in the
religious domain are, also, analyzed.
The general context regarding religious phenomenon is described in the first chapter.
The author has realized an approaching from historical perspective, with a short
focalization on the Max Weber's ideas. The historical context concerning
is analyzed taken into account the role of the orthodoxy as an important pillar
in the Romanian history.
The statistical methods used to collect information about religious phenomena are
shown in the second chapter.
Mr. Herteliu proposes, in the 3rd chapter, a complex and complete system of statistics
indicators in order to analyze religious phenomena. The indicators grouped in six
categories: context indicators; primitive indicators for classifying the religious
phenomena; level and structural indicators; indicators of participation; quality,
efficiency and outcomes indicators.
The following elements are presented in a unitary structure for each indicator:
definition, goal, symbol, class/category, interpretation, and quality standards.
The indicators regarding quality, efficiency, and outcomes, proposed by the author,
are very useful for the analysis. A synthetic indicator for measuring the religious
freedom within a geographical area is, also, proposed.
This indicators system could be used as a base for future researches concerning
the religious area.
As an application, in the 5th chapter, the author analysis, from statistical point
of view, of the religious phenomena evolution in
, based on a large documentation, starting with the 19th century. Despite the difficulties,
Mr. Herteliu has succeeded to approach and to present in a descriptive manner, using
the analytical elements analyzed in the 4th chapter concerning the religious phenomenon
In the 6th chapter the religious phenomena is analyzed taken into consideration
the connections among religion and other fundamental elements of the society, such
are: the level of education, nationality, fertility, health and tourism. The analysis
is made within a historical context.
An analysis concerning the possible correlations, from econometrics perspective,
between religion and economy, taken into account some Weber's ideas, is made in
the 7th chapter.