Questions Sociology Cannot Address
There are many spiritual questions that Sociology cannot answer, such as:
Des God exist?
Is there life after death?
Sociology can address:
Are there ay social factors that are associated with religiosity?
Like, age, urban, rural residence, region of country, etc.
how can we measure religiosity
how many people in a society
would define themselves as religious
attend worship services
believe in life after death in a society
pray every day
how has this changed over time? What accounts for these changes?
Perspective on Religion
Religion is functional in meeting societal needs Need societal need
Religion organization can give financial support
Create real boundaries, judge what is right or wrong
Helpful agency like taking care the children
pre-industrial society characterized by mechanical solidarity
had shared beliefs --> mechanical solidarity
people have shared belief strongly
largely determined by religious doctrim?????...
religious represents moral order of society
industrial society characterized by organic solidarity
grow the pup
people move away from
people believing different things
facing a moral crisis
this crisis of morality is a source from moral regulation, shift the religion to the state.
Government does not function very well as to religion.
people worship in groups, it is really important. --> religious practice
the god is in fact group in fact experiencing itself
big life question: we can find answers by religions, people who cannot get from
science. Integrate people into units and form solidarity
Religion is a source of false consciousness for the working-class
Religion is people create
Is problematic, source of false consciousness
Hurts working class
Drag of masses
Deprived of religious status, which provides stress to working class
the ruling class encourage religion
white slavery owners like the fact that their slaves were religious, cause religion
made them more submissive
religions provides certain kinds of support, emotion, education, social networking,
opportunities of literacy, these are tools needed by slaves to fight for freedom
Role played by religious symbols, subjective understandings of religion
Meanings of religious people attached
Interested in understanding in people subjective ....
Look at the appearance of leader, the design of religious, norm of how religious
interacts with one and another, those micro interaction.
Max Weber: Protestantism (Calvinism) allowed capitalism to flourish
Writing about role of religion, how it shaped religions The relationship between economics and religion