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soc101_religion_040710 - Religion Soc 101: Introduction to...

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Religion Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology Wednesday April 7, 2010
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Exam #2: Mean 80; Median 82; Mode 94
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Course Grades Deadline for extra-credit proposals extended to Monday April 12, 2010. Please send via email. Overall course grade based on: Poorest exam 30% Middle exam 33% Best exam 37%
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The Sociological Study of Religion What Is Religion? There are no known societies that lack religion; religious beliefs and practices vary across cultures What is religion? Form of culture consisting of shared beliefs, values, norms, and material conditions that create common identity among group Belief takes form of ritualized practices Provides feeling that life is ultimately meaningful
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Religious Rituals in Everyday Life First communion Bar/bat mitzvah Weddings Funerals Praying at dinner
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The Sociological Study of Religion How Sociologists Think about Religion: Not concerned with whether religion is true or false. Concerned with social organization of religion View religions as major source of solidarity in that they offer common set of norms and values. Explain the appeal of religion in terms of social forces rather than personal, spiritual, or psychological factors.
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Theories of Religion Sociology and Religion Sociological approaches to religion have been
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