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- Religious concepts and terms
- The relationship between religion and social change
- Liberation theology
- Agnosticism, atheism and theism
- Christian, Jewish and Islamic concepts
- Judaism and the early Christian Church
- Influence of neoplatonism and Roman mystery cults
- Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism
- Effects of Daoism and legalism on the Chinese Zhou Dynasty
1. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions
Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.
2. Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology
Religion can, at times, be a powerful agent for social change. In this lesson, we discuss two examples of the dichotomy between religion and the secular world, including Max Weber's book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as well as the concept of liberation theology.
3. Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism
Sociology of religion is a large branch of sociology. The different views on deities are studied as part of this topic. In this lesson, we compare and contrast the views of theism, atheism, and agnosticism.
4. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity
In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.
5. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism
This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.
6. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism
Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
7. Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty
While Confucianism remained the most dominant philosophy to emerge from China during the Zhou period, two other philosophies, Taoism and Legalism, offered different approaches to how to best live in the world.
8. Analects of Confucius: Summary, Analysis & Explanation
The ''Analects of Confucius'' are somewhat analogous to the gospels of the Bible because they were written by disciples of a moral teacher after his death, to carry on his teachings. This lesson explains more about this collection of ancient writing.
9. Conservative Judaism: Beliefs & History
There are a variety of branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Neither the most conservative nor the most liberal, Conservative Judaism is an interesting example of religious beliefs that stick to tradition while, at the same time, accepting the modern world.
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