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Chapter 17-soc - Chapter 17 Religion The Sociological Study...

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Chapter 17- Religion The Sociological Study of Religion Religion-  a system of beliefs and practices that is based on some scared  or supernatural realm that guides human behavior, gives meaning to life,  and unites believers into a single moral community Sociologists look at religion as disinterested scholarship, focusing on: o Written texts o Patterns of behavior o Opinions about religions matters Religion and the Meaning of Life Peter Berger – The Sacred Canopy o Religion provides security and answers to the questions of life Emile Durkheim – The Sacred and the Profane o Religion is the basis for social cohesion The religious marketplace o People make a rational choice about their religion Categories of Religion Simple Supernaturalism o Supernatural forces affect people’s lives either positively or  negatively Animism o
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