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May 1, 2018 / C H Thompson

Functionalism and religion

  • Bellah drew on the ideas of Durkheim in American society,
  • and concluded that despite Americas wide diversity of faiths and social divisions, what largely united American society was civil religion
  • this is known as a faith in Americanism, with its wide spread loyalty to the nation state
  • Examples in Britain could be the devotion to the monarchy or football
  • this means that despite there not being a shared in the supernatural dimensions of religion, people can share a faith in their state, which can still provide a collective consciousness, preventing social change



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