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Unformatted text preview: Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people o Can be the basis for social change or social continuity SO… • For Marx, religion is a form of social control—reinforces the status quo • Individual qualities of love, patience, meekness, turning the other cheek, compassion, charity, insistence on ‘faith’ Marx • Marx thought religion was a form of False Consciousness • Religious stories, religious teachings, the idea of a heaven Origin of Religion (Reasons) • Theological (benevolence): • God’s will; o God commands it • Fear • Ignorance • Animistic • Manipulation • Guilt Religious Organizations • Churches • Sects • Cults...
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- Fall '06
- Sociology, Sacredness reinforces mortality, Religion reinforces society