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May 1, 2018 / C H Thompson

Sociology of Beliefs in Society- Overview

Definitions of religion

Substantive definitions

Functional definitions

Social constructionist definitions

The relationship between social change, religious beliefs and stability

Functionalism and religion

Marxism and religion

Feminism and religion

Weber and religion

Fundamentalism and religion

Religious organizations





New religious movements

New age movements 

Why turn to New Age, sects and cults and NRMs?

Secularisation theory

Postmodernity and religion

Postmodernity and religion

Post modernity: Spiritual shopping

Religious market theory

Existential security theory


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