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TOPIC 17 RELIGION TOPIC 17 — RELIGION A. Religion and Sociology B. Functions of Religion C. Types of Religious Organizations D. Data on Religion
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A. Religion and Sociology 1. Religion is a system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things that unites adherents into a single moral community. 2. In sociology we have no interest in theological issues: ¤ Does God exist? ¤ What is the nature of God? ¤ What does God want us to do? ¤ Which religion is correct?
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3. Instead we examine: The role of religion in society The effect of religion and religious belief on behavior B. Functions of Religion 1. Ontological Concerns issues of existence and being, answers questions like: What is the meaning of life? Where did I come from? What comes after life?
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2. Reconciliation a. Makes the imperfect perfect b. Reconciles the mundane human with a higher existence c. Repairs damage after unanticipated radical change . . .
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