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Short Paper # 4 By definition, secularization is the decline of religious belief, practice, and authority due to modernity (Seidman, 4/4/05). I don’t believe that secularization is currently taking place in the United States; in fact, I believe that the complete opposite is occurring. According to Durkheim and his functional theory of religion , there are three reasons why religion “exists” (Seidman, 4/4/05). The first reason is that religion is the “glue” that links people together (Seidman, 4/4/05). I believe this is why the United States is slowly drifting closer to religious practices. After the events of 9/11, many people have banded together trying to find more of a sense of community. Religion just happens to be one item that many people can share. Durkheim’s second “reason” to why religion exists is that religion provides social norms that regulate social behavior (Seidman, 4/4/05). This idea has a direct link to the previous thought. Some people consider “normalcy” to be equivalent to “commonality.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Professor during the Fall '05 term at Wisconsin.

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