Beliefs in Society

Links to posts on sociological explanations of religion, science and ideology; the relationship between social change, stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations; religious organisations: cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements; class, gender, ethnicity and religion; the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation; globalisation and the spread of religions.

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This page is a work in progress and will gradually be populated with links to posts covering the whole of the AQA religion specification and more!

Sociological explanations of religion, science and ideology including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions

Religion and Science – Are They Compatible?

More posts Forthcoming!

The relationship between social change, stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations

AKA ‘sociological perspectives on religion’

The Functionalist Perspective on Religion – summary revision notes covering Durkheim’s Malinowski’s, and Parsons perspectives on the role of religion in society

Emile Durkheim’s Perspective on Religion – class notes covering Durkhiem’s view that religion really represents society, so when people worship religion, they are really worshiping society. Durkhiem argued that religion is a conservative force which reinforces people’s commitment to social values.

Malinowksi’s Perspective on Religion – class notes

Talcott Parsons’ Perspective on Religion – class notes

The Marxist Perspective on Religion – class notes

Max Weber – The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalismrevision notes 

Neo Functionalism: Civil Religion – Robert Bellah’s concept of Civil Religion dragged Functionalist analysis of religion into the 20th century, and maybe you can use it to drag it into the 21st?!

Radical Feminist perspectives on religion – summary revision notes covering Simone de Beauviour and Nawal El Saadawi among other fave rad fems.

Simone De Beauvoir’s Perspective on Religion – class notes

Nawal El Saadawi: The Hidden Face of Eve – class notes covering Egyptian feminist El Saadawi’s perspective on the role of religion in oppression women in the Arab World. She basically argues that it’s patriarchy, not religion that’s the problem.

Carol Christ’s Feminist Spirituality – Class notes covering Christ’s view that women should seek personal paths to finding the Goddess

 

Religious organisations: cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice

Class, gender, ethnicity and religion

The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation

Religion in global context; globalisation and the spread of religions