Religion's conservative functions

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  • Religion's conservative functions
    • Religion's function is to conserve/preserve things as they are.
    • Religion and consensus
      • Functionalists see religions as a conservative force because it functions to maintain social stability and prevent society from disintegrating.
      • For example: It promotes social solidarity and stops society from disintegrating by creating value consensus.
    • Religion and Capitalism
      • Marxists sees religion as a conservative ideology that prevents social change.
      • By legitimating class inequality, it creates false consciousness in the working class and prevents revolution, thereby maintaining the stability of Capitalist society.
    • Religion and patriarchy
      • Acts as an ideology that legitimates patriarchal power and maintains women's subordination in the family and wider society.


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