According to Emile Durkheim and his functionalist perspective, religion is a system of rituals that serve the purpose of reinforcing group identity and social solidarity. He argued that the rituals were more important th... More »

Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist whose major contribution was establishing sociology as a major science. Along with Max Weber and Karl Marx, Durkheim is responsible for establishing social science and social psych... More »

Conflict theory refers to a group of perspectives within sociology that explain society in terms of the discordance between social groups. These perspectives run contrary to structural functionalism, which defines societ... More »

Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist whose major contribution was establishing sociology as a major science. Along with Max Weber and Karl Marx, Durkheim is responsible for establishing social science and social psych... More »

Because animism relies on an oral tradition of story-telling, there are no sacred texts in this religion. Lucretius, who lived between 96 to 55 B.C., was the first to write about animism. He was followed by Marcus Tulliu... More »

In the poem, "Intimate Alliance Between Religion and Good Education," Jose Rizal expressed his opinion that good education naturally goes along well with religion. Rizal was a Filipino poet, novelist, doctor, nationalist... More »

World Religions reports that, although Confucianism has no universal symbol, the ideogram for water is frequently associated with the religion. The water symbol is thought to represent the source of life, a central idea ... More »