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A Brief History of Education in the United States – Sociology
Not all religions share the same set of beliefs, but in one form or another, religion is found in all known human societies. Even the earliest societies on record show clear traces of religious symbols and ceremonies. Throughout history, religion has continued to be a central part of societies and human experience, shaping how individuals react to the environments in which they live. Since religion is such an important part of societies around the world, sociologists are very interested in studying it. Sociologists study religion as both a belief system and a social institution. As a belief system, religion shapes what people think and how they see the world. As a social institution, religion is a pattern of social action organized around the beliefs and practices that people develop to answer questions about the meaning of existence.
Religion remains a controversial and complicated subject among religious scholars. There has yet to be consensus on the definition of it. Although this universal phenomenon lacks a proper definition, that has not inhibited its practice among different societies.
Such factors include race, ethnicity, social class, or neighborhoods. One of the proofs of the association of the religious views to these factors includes the marginalization of some groups based on religious lines e. These ethnic minorities may cling to their religious beliefs if they encounter any form of threat to their religious identity. Some ethnic conflicts are fueled by diversity in religious views, especially if one ethnic community feels threatened by another group or when the religious practices are believed to call for conflictive actions. Religion can also be involved in ethnic conflicts through the utilization of the religious institutions, a factor that can transform secular conflict into a religious issue.