Sociology Key Terms

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1. What is a substantive definition?

  • An attempt to define religion by characteristics
  • An attempt to explain what religion really is
  • Definitions that focus on the role religion plays for society
  • Terms for beliefs that give meaning to the world
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2. Self-denying.

  • Ascetic
  • Oppressive
  • Profane
  • Calvinism

3. What is the name for religions that are based around one god?

  • Polytheistic religions
  • Monotheistic religions
  • Christianity
  • Profane

4. Define a polytheistic religion.

  • Religions based around the worship of many gods
  • Religions based around the worship of one god
  • Beliefs that give meaning to the world
  • Events or activities that involve ritualistic patterns and generate similar sentiments

5. What is a charismatic leader?

  • A leader that is benevolent
  • A leader with a powerful and magnetic personality
  • A leader with charisma and character
  • An authoritative and totalitarian leader


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