Theories of Religion

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What is the sacred?
Durkheim believed these to be objectives of reverence and worship within a religion. Leaving feelings of awe and wonder.
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What is totemism?
In basic societies and clans they worship an animla totem individual to their tribe. Durkheim believed that this is in turn worshiping society.
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Collective Conscience?
These are the values shared by the tribe or the society, and taking part in events as a group solidifies these values.
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Cognitive functions of religion?
Durkheim believed that religion provides basic ideas of time and causation. E.G division of tribes started the idea of classification.
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Criticisms of Durkheim
Just because Durkheim suggests that some clans use totems to represent society, it does not mean it is a universal idea.
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Criticisms of Durkheim
His theory explains social integration within communities, and not larger multi-faith societies.
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In basic societies and clans they worship an animla totem individual to their tribe. Durkheim believed that this is in turn worshiping society.

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