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Definitions cannot, by their very nature, be either "true" or "false," only more useful or less so. For this reason it makes relatively little sense to argue over definitions. If, however, there are discrepancies between definitions in a given field, it makes sense to discuss their respective utility. This we propose to do here , with the ...


Religion as defined by sociologists has three key elements: it is a form of culture; it involves beliefs that take the form of ritualized practice; it provides a sense of purpose. Sociologists are not concerned with whether religious beliefs are true or false, but with how religions are organized, whether religious beliefs constitute ...


In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Durkheim set out "to study the simplest and most primitive religion that is known at present, to discover its principles and attempt an explanation of it" (p. 1) in order to uncover universal properties of religion. But first he needed to define religion, or else ...


Dec 8, 2017 ... Part 3—Transitional rules 42. Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia. Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017. No. 129, 2017. An Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes. [Assented to 8 December 2017].


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Thus, if we wish to understand human life in general and our specific culture and history, we need to understand religion. What is religion? Religion is an explanation of the ultimate meaning of life, and how to live accordingly; based on a notion of the Transcendent. Normally it contains the four "C's": Creed, Code, Cult, ...


For purposes of this chapter, "religious organization" includes, but is not limited to , churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, nondenominational ministries, interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, mission organizations, faith- based social agencies, and other entities whose principal purpose is the study, ...


We have already, attempted to define religious phenomena in a paper which was published in the Année Sociologique (Vol. II, pp. I ff.). The definition then given differs, as will be seen, from the one we give today. At the end of this chapter (p. 63, n. 68), we shall explain the reasons which have led us to these modifications  ...


May 21, 2013 ... Religion is often organized in terms of a god, or gods. It's a system of beliefs embodied in a being or beings. But that's not always the case. It can mean more, a lot more, says Adam Frank after finding inspiration in the writing of Ronald Dworkin.