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Emil Durkheim was a French sociologist and one of the founders of religion. He was alsoa functionalist who studied the integrity of modern society and its historical subjects andconcluded that the major function of the specified subject in society is institutional and collectiveintegration. Education and family normative values are important to learn and internalize to be aproductive part of a holistic society. He argued that the loss of cohesion in a religious societydrives people to seek to learn, leading to suicide. He thinks Catholics commit fewer suicides thanProtestants because they are practicing solidarity, so he suggests learning the roots of knowledgeas a way to survive by reconstructing conscience when the social instinct becomes weak (InternetEncyclopedia of Philosophy, n.d.).He wrote a book, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. He believes that the church isa fundamental social institution and identifies the common factor between certain religions indiverse nations. He was interested in religion's scientific and social aspects and analyzed it as an
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