Suggest and explanation for the observation that religious belief systems

Suggest and explanation for the observation that religious belief systems

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Suggest and explanation for the observation that religious belief systems have outlived magical belief systems. One obvious reason for the decline in magic is the growth of science. As I have suggested, a potential weakness in the magical belief system is that by attempting to influence the world directly, magic exposes itself to empirical testing. Religious belief systems avoid this potential trap for the simple reason that they do not promise a particular outcome in relation to faith. Peter Berger ("The Social Reality of Religion", 1973) uses the concept of plausibility to explain how belief systems are supported by reference to the social context within which they arise. When the "plausibility structure" of a belief system is destroyed or
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Unformatted text preview: undermined, the belief system itself is apt to collapse or undergo radical change. We have seen an example of this in relation to religion (see the reading from Boronski above) and we can see an example of this concept in relation to magic in the following extract from Haralambos ("Themes and Perspectives", 1995). Although I have suggested that magical belief systems have tended to fade away in modern societies, this is not altogether true. Magical rites and experiences, for example, feature in both some forms of religious practice and, most significantly, in our modern-day, "rational", society. Religion Definitions and Concepts .....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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