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Functions of Religion

Functions of Religion

Author: Paul Hannan

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.

  • Profane

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

  • Religiosity

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

  • Sacred

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