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May 1, 2018 / C H Thompson

Functionalism and religion

  • Parsons argued that religion provides meaning and answers to questions about humanity for members in society
  • Individuals can be hit by events that they don’t know the outcome of or questions that they don’t know the answer to,
  • and religion helps to answer these questions and maintain social order in these times.
  • Parsons argued that religion maintains social order, therefore acting as a conservative force.
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