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Q1 In your project paper in the course you discuss the views of people within one local religious community on the subject of the meaning and the role of religion The course book by Capps discusses the views of many thinkers and ideas on the same two subjects He sometimes uses parallel terms to refer to what your paper calls the meaning and role of religion The lectures and other readings also refer to thinkers and ideas on the same subjects With your focus on the subjects of the meaning and the role of religion connect compare and contrast what your interviewees in the context of their community say on these subjects and what a good selection of thinkers in the book the lectures and the readings say on these subjects During the sixth lecture of the course on Studying Hinduism Buddhism and Chinese Popular Religions Professor McIntire discussed the ten large trends of studying religion One such trend is the movement from great thinkers to the thinking of ordinary people who experience and live religion This paper will compare and contrast the views of selfidentified Catholics as discovered in my Project Paper with chapter 4 of Capps on the topic of meaning and role of religion Chapter 4 discusses the function of religion and mentions many renowned thinkers but in this paper I will refer to two main thinkers namely Durkheim and Mannheim to compare and contrast the meaning and role of religion with their views and the views of the selfidentified CatholicsChapter 4 describes the functional approach of religion with the founding father of this orientation being Emile Durkheim who understands the nature of religion as something eminently social Social groups form their respective patterns of conscious and articulable wefeeling Such collective cohesiveness always involves the articulation of ideas and symbols in terms of which the group understands its identity and gives expression to its sense of shared destiny He uses the term collective conscience to denote a collective and united action where the group functions as an aggregate and not simply as a collection of individuals This Durkheimian structure of thought was later affirmed by Mary Douglas further in chapter 4 In accordance with Durkheim my project paper revealed that the meaning and
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