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Unformatted text preview: Jince Jacob Sociology Reading Assignment #9 This week we have brought our focus onto religion and its relationships with society. Religion is one of the most demanding aspects in society, and this makes it vital in sociology. We see how religion divides things in everyday life to profane and secular categories, making them either everyday common items or holy symbols. We also begin discussions over a video from 60 minutes that discussed a stone box that was said to hold James, the brother of Jesus. Religion can be defined in many ways but a sociologist would define it as a set of answers to problems in human existence that makes the world meaningful and a system of beliefs and rituals that brings people together in to a social group. One of the things that were brought to my attention from reading this was the connection between religion and its role in social control by wealthy and powerful groups in history. Delaney tells us that religion and its ceremonial rites help people as a source of identity and that in most cases the maintenance of self...
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- Spring '08