Sociology-of-Religion (2)

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Religion is one of the most powerful, deeply felt, and influential forces in human society. It has shaped people’s relationships with each other, influencing all aspects of family, community, economic and political life.

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Introduction to ReligionReligion is one of the most powerful, deeply felt, and influential forces in human society. It has shaped peoples relationships with each other, influencing all aspects of family, community, economic and political life. With religious beliefs and values motivating human action, religion has become a significant aspect of social life and in turn, the social dimension has become an important part of religion. For centuries, humankind has sought to understand and explain the meaning of life. Many philosophers believe this contemplation and the desire to understand our place in the universe are what differentiate humankind from other species. Religion, in one form or another, has been found in all human societies since human societies first appeared. Archaeological digs have revealed ritual objects, ceremonial burial sites, and other religious artefacts. Social conflict and even wars often result from religious disputes. Because religion is such a central part of societies and human experience since time immemorial, sociologists are very interested in studying it. Pioneer sociologist Emile Durkheim described it with the ethereal statement that it consists of things that surpass the limits of our knowledge (1915). He went on to elaborate: Religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say set apart and forbidden, beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community, called a

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