INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY - RELIGION

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY - RELIGION -...

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Chapter 17 Religion: pgs (527- 561) Terms: Religion:  a cultural system of commonly shared beliefs and rituals that provides  a sense of ultimate meaning and purpose by creating an idea of reality Theism:  a belief in one or more supernatural deities Alienation:  human beings attribute their own culturally created values and norms  to alien, or separate beings Scared vs. profane:  objects and symbols are treated as apart from routine  aspects of day to day existence- the realm of the profane, a totem (an animal or  plant believed to have symbolic significance) is a scared object, regarded with  veneration and surrounded by ritual activities that bind the members of groups  together Secular thinking-  particularly as seen in the rise of science, technology, and  rational thought Secularization:  is typically accompanied by a decrease in religious belief and  involvement, and it results in a weakening of the social and political power of 
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