2nd Hypothesis Paper- Secularization

2nd Hypothesis Paper- Secularization - Religion and...

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Religion and Secularization Parker R Watson Sociology 140 April 4, 2007
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Watson 2 Parker R Watson Dan Dehanas Sociology 140 4 April 2007 Summary This paper aims to analyze the correlation, or possibly lack thereof, of a legally established religion and the zeal and vitality of the religious congregations within that legal system. It seems reasonable that zeal for finding and participating in religion would be more abounding if a particular religion was not forced upon a people. To test such a hypothesis, primary sources such as church membership rosters would be used to decide how many people from a particular region participate in religion. Then, primary and secondary sources could be used to decide the legal and social enforcements of religious values in these regions. If a correlation were found, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that one was the cause of the other. Hypothesis Though there seems to be a large cry that secularization is taking over America, the United States seems to be one of the most religiously affected of established nations. In fact, in a recent poll taken by Newsweek, more than nine out of ten of the American people admit to believing in God. This begs the question: Why does America have such a high rate of spiritual belief as opposed to other well established and civil countries, such as many of the Western European countries? This paper claims that the immense amount of freedom that Americans experience and have experienced since the colonization of the
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Watson 3 country has fostered zeal unlike that in any other country. The disestablishment of religion in this country has allowed people persecuted for their religion to come to America and practice freely. Though there are many other countries that now have religious freedom, they were, at one time, enslaved to a religion on the state. Because the worship in practice was not the choice of the people, once the mandate was repealed, the
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