Lecture 3 - Religion and Aging

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Unformatted text preview: Religion and Aging Lecture 3 Introduction • When talk of religion, need to recognize that it is not one thing but many • The complex and distinct belief systems make religions what they are • Religious faiths and practices are about making behaviors conform to beliefs Spirituality vs. Religion • Spirituality – holistic inner domain within which people deal with existential issues • Religion – Social institution that attempts to give each new generation an opportunity to benefit from the religious knowledge and spiritual insights of those who came before. Level of Analysis • Individualistic • Societal • Variation Early Sociologies of Religion • Durkheim • Weber • James • Mannheim Views of Aging in World Religions • Hinduism • Confucianism • Judaism • Christianity • Islam Religious Involvement and Aging • Church attendance shows a curvilinear pattern with age. • Studies also show religious involvement tends to remain stable or increase until late life • “Being religious” can be measured in different ways People over 65 – General...
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  • Spring '11
  • smith
  • Longitudinal Studies, distinct belief systems, private religious activities, subjective religious experience, holistic inner domain

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Lecture 3 - Religion and Aging - Religion and Aging Lecture...

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