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How is religion relevant to sociology?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:12 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Religion is an entire field of study of sociology, it's one of dozens of aspects by which societies are categorized and analyzed.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:19 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • religion is relevant to many other sections of study, including sociology, history, art, psychology, etc.

    sociology is the study of society and religions are very large (sometimes very small) parts/sections of a society. in sociology you want to understand how the group thinks, what the group wants, their history and how it all affects them. if you can better understand the sociology behind a religion the easier it will be to see why that group believes as they do...theres a certain aspect of assumption and stereotyping, but that isnt the purpose or the intention, however when you look at a group on the over-all scale this is what tends to happen.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:24 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Instead of parrotting what the other two said, I'm just going to say I agree with them.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 2:43 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • It is like the positives of rehab, community support....only way BETTER.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 10:34 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • What OKManders said.

    To understand a sociological group or a part of their history completely, you have to take into account all factors that would influence the group behavior of the time, including religion, popular culture, technological advancements, climate, etc.

    For example, Europeans were leery of the potato and tomato when they were brought from the New World back to Europe. Why? They're harmless foods, right? Well, when you understand that they are both part of the nightshade family, and don't grow in Europe naturally, then you would see that, to the European seeing them for the first time, they were obviously poison, just like the nightshade they'd been using for centuries to off people. Conversely, the natives of the Americas were shocked to see guns and horses and thought the Spaniards gods for having them, when they aere actually just more technologically advanced.

    Answer by geminilove at 11:26 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • We-e-ell ...

    If you believe that there is no spiritual reality, and that we are merely animals with a bit more intelligence, then if you follow those premises to their logical conclusion, you arrive at the philosophy of "live for my pleasure ... get whatever I can ... every man for himself ... anything is okay, just don't get caught ... my fellow man is just there for me to use ... etc."

    If you believe there are spiritual realities, and that you yourself have an inner nature to be refined and ennobled, then logical reasoning takes you to respecting and valuing your fellow man, devoting yourself to learning and deciding "good" vs. "bad" (i.e. "successful" vs. "destructive" ) and fulfilling your resolves.

    Thus, your behavior is entirely predicated upon your religion / belief system.
    What sociology can research is determined by behavior IN society ...
    So, sociology IS the study of religion's effect on society.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:00 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Sociology is the study of society and how people interact together. One thing that brings people together and creates the values and norms that people follow in society is religion. Therefore, religion is actually is large part of sociology. Basically what okmanders said....

    Answer by Namaste17 at 10:21 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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