Religion Definitions and Concepts

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Religion Definitions and Concepts .. The Interactionist sociologist Thomas Luckmann ("The Invisible Religion", 1967), for example, argues that any system of beliefs that tries to explain the nature of the social and natural world as a form of religion. Luckmann's sometime collaborator Peter Berger ("The Sociology of Religion", 1969) also employs a broadly inclusive definition of religion, but unlike Luckmann he argues that we should not include modern science as part of the definition on the basis that, as yet perhaps, science has not addressed itself to the same kinds of basic questions as those that are firmly addressed by religions (the meaning of life, what happens after death and so forth). Amongst Functionalist sociologists such as Durkheim and, to a certain extent, Parsons there is also a general tendency to use an inclusive definition of religion. For these sociologists, the main concern is to analyse the function of institutionalised belief systems in terms of the way in which they help to cement moral values and
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