“Religious practice varies from place to place and time to time, but the need for religion remains constant.”

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"Religious practice varies from place to place and time to time, but the need for
religion remains constant."
To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (33
marks)
Candidates may explore a wider range of issues and concepts. This may include some of the
following: statistical evidence, religiosity, individuation and privatised religion, religious
pluralism, structural and social differentiation, disenchantment, the different roles played by
religion in the lives of and meeting the needs of different groups, the growth of NRMs,
religion in multicultural societies, fundamentalism, the status and influence of churches.
The theoretical backdrop to answers may consider a range of perspectives on the role of
religion, including functionalist, Marxist, feminist and post-modernist.
In considering these issues the following sources or other suitable alternative ones may be
used: Durkheim, Parsons, Marx, Engels, Smith, Barker, Herberg, Ash & Goodchild, Beyer,
Huntingdon, Armstrong, Shils & Young, Bruce, Davie, Modood, Hennels, Bauman, Giddens,
Heelas, Wilson, Martin.

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