Notes on Religion as a Social Institution

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Notes on Religion as a Social Institution : 1. What does it mean to speak of religion as a social institution? Distinguish between personal faith and institutionalized religion Understand the social functions of religion Focus is on what can be observed and visible (using steps of the research process), NOT on what is invisible and unobserved Distinguish between the secular and the spiritual world Religious behavior (whatever the proxies for measuring it) are the focus of sociologists in the study of religion, with a primary emphasis on the effects of religion (as defined by the individuals and the measurements) on behavior 2. Definition of religion as a social institution: unified system of beliefs and practices that relate to the sacred (events that transcend the everyday, material world) 3. How common is religion as a social institution? Universal – in every society (in some form or another) that has been observed Vast majority of individuals, worldwide, report adhering to some
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Shanahan during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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