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Unformatted text preview: a. Opium of the people b. Legitimates social inequalities c. But, it can also be a strong mechanism for change IV. Symbolic interactionsm a. Focus on religious symbols b. Rituals c. Beliefs d. Meaning V. The importance of religion a. Social control vs. social change b. Weber’s protestant ethic thesis VI. Non-offical religious beliefs and practices a. Nde (moody-life after life (1975) 1. A sense of being dead 2. Peace and painlessness 3. Out-of-body experiences 4. The tunnel experience 5. People of the lights 6. The being of light 7. The life review 8. Reluctance to return b. Reincarnation (Ian Stephenson) c. After-dead communication (Gary Schwartz) d. Angels and demons VII. Religion and politics a. Conservative? b. Radical? VIII. Religion and science a. The antrophic principle b. The power of prayer IX. The future of religion X....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2009 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Rosenblaum during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.
- Spring '08