SOC DIMENS OF RELIG
SOC DIMENS OF RELIG RELIG 377
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Introduction to the Sociology of Religion part 1 Christiano et al chapter 1 What is religion A functional approach to defining religion focuses on functions religion provides for a society Durkheim A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things that is to say things set apart and forbidden beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community called a Church all those who adhere to them A substantive approach focuses on the content of religion Weber Religion is a patterning of social relationships around a belief in supernatural powers creating ethical considerations A situational approach focuses on human actors as constructors of religious meamng Religions create action orientations ritual amp moral consist of systems of discourse and involves subjective experience Some Dimensions of Religion from Max Weber The kind of things we might want to pay attention to as we look at religion sociologically supernatural powers charisma of leaders symbolic expressions a variety of forms of religious response eg congregational vs pilgrimage types of leaders eg priests vs prophets and patterned behavior of lay people Religions have to deal with soteriology how are people saved and theodicy what explains evil The authors offer a neo Weberian definition of religion Two sets of dynamics characterize religions on the one hand a patterning of social relationships around perceived supramundane power on the other ethical considerations Besides the acknowledgement of ultimacy within a meaning system we would look for perceived charismatic manifestations leadership organization and the patterned intentional action on the part of members of the group because they consider themselves members of the group all as social relationships dimensions Ethically we would look for some concepts that explain evil and show how to be in right relationship with the ultimate theodicy and soteriology