Brooklyn Cathers Assignment 6: Porpora (2006) and Bénéton (2004) Reading Essay/Critique Porpora’s main thesis in the article is that a different approach to the sociological study of religion is needed. Disagreeing with Peter Berger, Porpora believes that concerning religion, methodological atheism, along with naturalism is an inappropriate approach. In replace of this he feels that methodological antagonism is a better fit. His logic toys with the idea that when you are involved in a religion, your involvement depends on the experiences in which you have within that religion. People need to experience something . Humanity then projects their experiences into the world, creating their religion. Therefore, sociologists must not treat religion as a response, but something that is externalized/projected unto the world by humanity. Bénéton would agree with Porpora as he believes experts do not explore what is real. Porpora used Berger to justify this point as he was viewing religion as something which had
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