Unformatted text preview: established religious traditions of the society. Cults tend to be open to anyone wishing to join but, because of their departure from esta, tend to have large segments of the population joining them. In the contemporary United States the Hare Krishna and the Church of Scientology woul Emile Durkheim's View on Religion: The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1915) 1. Viewed religion as a reflection of society. 2. Religion functioned to bring about social cohesion (holding the group together) (folk society) 3. Religious beliefs and rituals function to restrain deviant behavior and bring about conformity to existing normative structure (heaven = rreward) (hell = punishment) 4. Religion functions to provide a vehicle through which cultural traditions and values are transmitted from generation to gereration (religious beliefs make cultural values sacred)...
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, contemporary United States