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Sociology of Religion

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266612.003.0010
Sociology of Religion

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This chapter deals with the sociology of religion. The sociology of religion is one of the oldest branches of the discipline of sociology. Despite its contrasting and divergent approaches, the sociology of religion has historically and primarily focused on the dialectical relationship that religion has with wider society. Society is the main source of religious expression. Religion proves to be of much interest because it appears to be an integral part of all human societies. Often belief and practices are similar across cultures; at other times, they seem very different. Similar or different, in pre-industrialized society social institutions were saturated in religious belief and ritual. The sociology of religion has universally been concerned with a number of major themes, including the analysis of religious practices and beliefs, the interface between religion and social structures and culture, and the historical origins and developments of religiosity.

Keywords: sociology of religion; sociology; social institutions; ritual; religious practices

Chapter.  9975 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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