11-19 - 12/8 Sociology of Religion I. Defining religion:...

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12/8 Sociology of Religion I. Defining religion: inclusive and exclusive definitions II. What’s sociologically interesting about religion? a. Religion and the problem of social order b. Religion and gender: “Pascal’s Wager” c. Religion and class: Church-sect theory III. The Future of religion: the secularization thesis and its critics *FINAL same room as class, Monday, December 15 th at 8:00am Defining Religion: What is Religion? Inclusive definition: “Religion” is any system of belief that is oriented toward the sacred and to addressing ultimate human questions. e.g., Christianity, Islam, etc., but also – perhaps – nationalism, communism, humanism, environmentalism, scientism, racism, and so on. Exclusive definition: “Religion” is any “socially organized pattern of belief and practices that concern ultimate meaning and assume the existence of the supernatural” p. (403) By an exclusive definition: religion ≠ belief in existence of god/gods (e.g., Buddhism, mana of South Pacific islanders) Religion has been a powerful force for generating “moral community” – a common sense of the basic social “rules” – and, thus, social order. Women tend to be “more religious” than men
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