Religion - Religion What Is Religion? Religion has to do...

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Religion o What Is Religion? Religion has to do with those socially shared and organized ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that concern ultimate meanings and assume the existence of the supernatural or "beyond." Religion is centered in beliefs and practices that are related to sacred as opposed to profane things and often involves rituals. o A Global View: Varieties of Religious Behavior. Religious behavior is so varied that sociologists attempt to categorize it. One scheme distinguishes between simple supernaturalism, animism, theism, and a system of abstract ideals. o Religious Organizations. Sociologists distinguish between four ideal types of religious organization: churches, denominations, sects, and cults. Whereas churches and denominations exist in a state of accommodation with the larger society, sects and cults find themselves at odds with established social arrangements and practices. o
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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