Profane vs. Sacred: Definitions & Overview


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The ____ are those things we set apart as extraordinary, which inspire awe and reverence.

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1. Things considered ____ are quite ordinary and are included as normal elements of every day life.

2. ____ are those formal, ceremonial activities centered on recognizing the sacred.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the profane versus the sacred. You'll be assessed on your ability to tell the difference between the two as well as identify the functions of religion to society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of the following:

  • Sociologist who was one of the first to distinguish between the profane and the sacred
  • Things that inspire awe and reverence
  • Acts that are formal and ceremonial

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as sacred and profane
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the things that are part of everyday life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the functions of religion to society

Additional Learning

To learn more about sociology, review the accompanying lesson titled Profane vs. Sacred: Definitions & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the definition of profane and sacred
  • Learn about the work of Emile Durkheim
  • Understand the importance of recognizing the profane and the sacred