NOTES ON RELIGION
by Phil Bartle, PhD
The Sociology of Religion
In Sociology, we study religion in a manner different from how it is studied in theology.
Theology is all about “Theo” (God).
As a science, Sociology can not prove or disprove the existence of God, but it can look at the social ramifications, social organisation and social functions of belief systems, rituals, celebrations, beliefs, values and practices.
See the paper on the Beliefs Dimension.
EARLY SOCIOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
RELIGION AND EARLIER SOCIETIES
RELIGION AND AGRICULTURE
HOW FAR CAN WE GO WITH REINCARNATION?
RELIGION AND SUPPRESSION OF FREE THINKING
THE SHIFT TO MONOTHEISM
FROM SACRED AND PROFANE TO SECULAR
PEACE AND RELIGION
TRUTH AND HISTORY
FROM CULT TO RELIGION
BELIEFS WITHOUT RELIGION
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