167 Outcome: Sociological Views on Religion

Identify and explain how major sociological perspectives view religion

Religion describes the beliefs, values, and practices related to sacred or spiritual concerns. It is a social institution, because it includes beliefs and practices that serve the needs of society. Religion is also an example of a cultural universal, because it is found in all societies in one form or another. Functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism all provide valuable ways for sociologists to understand religion.

Here are some of the specific things you’ll learn to do in this section:

  • Explain how religion influences society and is influenced by society

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include:

  • Introduction to Religion
  • World Religions
  • The Sociological Approach to Religion
  • Religion in the United States
  • Self-Check: Sociological Views on Religion


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