Religion PPT.ppt - What Is Religion and What Role Does It...

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Religion : “A system of beliefs and practices that attempts to order life in terms of culturally perceived ultimate priorities” -- Stoddard and Prorak “Perceived ultimate priorities” often Things a follower “should” do Ways a follower “should” behave What Is Religion, and What Role Does It Play in Culture?
Manifestations of Religion Worship Belief that certain people possess special divinely granted abilities Belief in one or more deities Practices Ritual and prayer Marking life events Rituals at regular intervals Secularism : Decline in organized religious observances
Classification of Religions Universalizing religions: Religions that actively seek converts because members believe they offer belief systems of universal appropriateness and appeal Ethnic religions: Religions whose adherents are born into the faith and whose members do not actively seek converts
How do Universalizing and Ethnic Religions Differ?

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