SOC 367 Theories of Religion - Macro

SOC 367 Theories of Religion - Macro - Theories of Religion...

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Theory guides research, so… we're going over theories first! Patterns of non-religious social interaction influence religion Basic ingredients of social interaction s Values: commitment, exaltation, fervor, love s Faith in relationships is a prime factor in everyday interaction s Saw that many feelings and patterns in religious life exist in other areas of life In other words, society precedes religion s Before religion can develop there must first exist patterns of social interaction, that can serve as a model s Religious sentiment, beliefs, and expressions reside originally in society, at large in patterns of interaction Georg Simmel (Chicken or eggs) Religion's role as reinforcement of social integration Rules of conduct and the prescription of punishment for breaking rules, repentance s Bringing people together for a ritual to strengthen their feelings, not only towards religion but to society as well s Ceremony reaffirms religious faith and legitimacy s Went so far as to say that "in religion the real object of veneration is society"
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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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SOC 367 Theories of Religion - Macro - Theories of Religion...

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