DURKHEIM (ATHEISM)

A brief overlook on Durkheim in regards to atheism. 

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  • DURKHEIM    (1858-1917)
    • KEY IDEAS
      • Members of society are like the human body, they work together in order for society to function
      • Religion provides people with meaning in life and is a way of uniting society with a set of moral values
      • FUNCTIONALIST
    • EXAMPLES
      • Totetism (The worship of of an animal that represents the clan)
      • The Nazi State
    • STRENGTHS
      • Highlights the importance if community cohesion and togetherness
      • Demonstartes the positivity religion can bring to soicety
      • Could be supported by the teachings of Jesus in the NT
    • WEAKNESSES
      • Definition of religion  is too vauge
      • Based on Totetism
      • H.H. Farmer > Why do religions teach a message of unity and try to bind society.
      • Religious believers distinguish between membership of their religious community and belief in God.
      • In many cases religion resists the changing nature of society.
    • MY OPINION

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