Beliefs and Ideas

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1. Which statement about the consequences of living in a "post modern society" is LEAST accurate?

  • Postmodernity has lead to a decrease in the number of NRM, as people have lost faith in any religious narrative
  • Post modernity has led to a rise in spiritual shopper; someone looks for personal fulfillment in religion rather than seeking ultimate truths.
  • Traditional relious institutions have lost moral authority and are now less significant.
  • None - they are all accurate
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2. What is the least accurate definition that describes an aspect of substansive definitions of religion?

  • Substantive definitions excludes phenomena such as New Age Movements, Pagan beliefs and Voodoo magic.
  • Definitions, focus on the exsistance of belief in spiritual beings
  • Durkhiem was critical of these definitions as they were too vague and ill defined.
  • Taylor in 1903 is an example of a sociologist who advocated this definition.

3. which of the following statements LEAST accurately describes aspects of polythethic and monotheistic religion?

  • With polytheistic religions, there are many different gods
  • all the major religions are monotheistic in nature
  • they both share a belief in the sacred, an element of faith in the supernatural rather than the evidence

4. Which statement about secularization is LEAST accurate?

  • Classical sociologists (e.g. Marx and Weber) disagreed on the extent to which science would usurp religion.
  • secularization holds that as science is better able to origins the world; there would be a loss of faith in religion.
  • In the future this would be private matter rather than public.

5. Which of the following, LEAST accurately describes aspects of totems and animism?

  • Toteism is a belief that the sun and the moon and other celestial bodies are supernatural in nature
  • Both are associated with tribal societies and are known as primal-indigenous
  • Animism involves a belief in the agency of spirits


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