Ch 39: GACE Behavioral Science: Religion

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Let us help you refresh your knowledge of the origin of religion, types of religions and the role of religion in society as you study for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. Our videos and quizzes can help you correctly answer these types of exam questions.

GACE Behavioral Science: Religion - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons let you brush up on types of religions and religion's role in society in preparation for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. Our videos and quizzes let you review topics including:

  • Definition of religion
  • Theories on the origin of religion
  • Primal religions
  • Religion's contribution to cultural change
  • Rituals and rites of passage
  • Atheism and agnosticism
  • Monotheism and polytheism
  • Nontheism, such as in Buddhism and Confucianism

These engaging lessons go over topics you may not have studied since your high school classes. You can move through the videos at your own pace, watching on a computer or mobile device.

Objectives of the GACE Behavioral Science: Religion Chapter

Georgia teachers seeking certification in behavioral science must pass the GACE Behavioral Science exam. This exam is divided into two tests, and questions on the material covered in this chapter are on test II, in the sociology subarea. This subarea makes up 80% of test II's total score.

The exam is computer-delivered, and all questions are selected-response. Some stand alone, and others ask you to read a passage and answer related questions. You can get experience answering similar questions by completing the brief quizzes paired with each lesson. The quizzes also let you assess your learning and determine where you need additional study.

10 Lessons in Chapter 39: GACE Behavioral Science: Religion
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What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

1. What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

This lesson will focus on the traits of religion. Using the works of Tillich and Noss, it will highlight religion's belief in the supernatural, its inclusion of a moral code, and its use of prescribed ritual acts.

Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

2. 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.

Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview

3. Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview

This lesson will explore the many theories on the origins of religion. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Kant, Muller, Frazer, Marx and Freud. It will also explain animism and nature worship.

Primal Religions: Types & Practices

4. Primal Religions: Types & Practices

This lesson will explore the many traits of the primal religions of past and present. In doing so, it will highlight animism, totemism and the use of shamans in the primal religions of the world.

How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

5. How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

Have you ever wondered exactly how religion developed in the ancient world? Check out this lesson to see how the impact of cities, writing and invasion upon religion, the ascent of the sky father and the descent of the mother goddess contributed to the development of religion.

How Religion Contributes to Cultural Change

6. How Religion Contributes to Cultural Change

Religions have the power to dramatically change the culture around them and the people of a community. In this lesson, we'll look at three major examples of how history has been shaped by religion.

Rituals & Rites of Passage in Society

7. Rituals & Rites of Passage in Society

Anthropologists can learn a lot about a culture by understanding the rituals that are practiced by a community. We'll look at examples, such as a vision quest and a Las Vegas wedding, to consider this topic.

Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

8. 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.

Polytheism & Monotheism in Religion: Many Gods vs. One God

9. Polytheism & Monotheism in Religion: Many Gods vs. One God

Many religions can be characterized as either polytheistic or monotheistic. This lesson teaches not only those concepts, but also how many of today's religious traditions fit into those definitions. After you've watched the video, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

10. 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.

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