Lecture 8 religion sociology

Lecture 8 religion sociology - Lecture # 8: Religion...

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Lecture # 8: Religion November 4 th , 2009 - William James (American psychologist) said that Religion: We should recognize that we stand on the edge of the abyss, religion helps us cope that we will die one day, offers security, religion provides meaning and purpose. - 80% of people believe in religion in Canada - Religion governs more actions in our lives then it used to Durkheims functionalist theory of religon: Religion: awareness and expression of collective conscience Collective conscience: Common sentiments and values that emerge when people live together Profane: The secular, everyday world Sacred: The transcendent world Totem: Object that symbolizes the sacred Ritual: Public practice that connects people to the sacred Function of religion: To reinforce social solidarity and society . - Hockey has been called Canadas national religion, it has queasy religious tones. - The higher level of social solidarity the lower the suicide rate (Durkhiem) Criticisms of Durkhiem: Durkhiem pays too much attention to the role of religion in maintaining social cohesion. In reality, religion often incites social conflict
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