SOC 367 Religion Basics - Religion Basics Wednesday,...

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Important role in history s Help understand popular culture s An expressly human root that can help us understand ourselves s Root of movements such as civil rights, laws, science s Religion is an important part of people's lives Why Study Religion A. Not looking for the origins of religion - that's anthropology Correlates of religion (government, economy, crime rates, happiness) s Associations between various events and religious expression s Examine processes and influence of social life s See religion as a social accomplishment s Sociologists look for influences of religion Sociological Perspective on Religion B. Emphasis on identity, emotions, perceptions, loyalties s Micro: UofA=individuals, small groups Mezo Micro 3 Levels of Analysis C. "Integrated system" - comprehensive whole, with parts that work together, including ritual, lifestyle, and institutions s "Belief" - Ideas about the purpose (and goals) of human life (the ideas of religion), from creeds, scriptures, etc
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 367 taught by Professor Krismorgan during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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