4 What is Religion

4 What is Religion - I. II. III. IV. V. VI. - What is...

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I. What is Religion? II. Three sociological perspectives III. Religion in America IV. V. VI. Discussion questions - what is religion? - Three Sociological perspectives o Functionalism Social cohesion Social control Meaning and purpose Think of machine o Social conflict Based on the works of karl marx Always going to be power differences and inequalities Someone will be in control o Symbolic interactionism How one or two people interact with each other Symbols and rituals Labels the “holy” Attaches meaning - Religion in America o 95% of American believe in an undefined God o 90% pray o 88% God Loves Me o 56% religion is important o CIVIL RELIGION – any time we mix religion and politics Ex. Coins say “in god we trust” Pledge of allegiance God bless America o Plastic reindeer rule If a city park wants to put a manger out for Christmas it is allowed as long as there are non religious symbols as well
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOC 250 taught by Professor Bluhmmorley during the Spring '08 term at Calvin.

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