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Functions of Religion

Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will define Sacred Ritual and delineate Durkheim's three functions of religion.

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Terms to Know
Durkheim's Three Functions of Religion

Durkheim highlighted three important functions of religion: 1) Social Cohesion; 2) Social Control; 3) Provides Meaning.


Everyday objects and ideas, or the mundane and the commonplace.


A term meant to capture how religious a person is, or in other words, how important religion is in someone's life.


Objects and ideas in society that are treated with reverence, deference, and awe.