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Religion and Religious Diversity - Chapter Summary
Boost your recollection of items like the types of primal religions, the definition of religion, the history of religion in the United States and more by viewing 5-minute lessons that are videos. Afterwards, the short assessments provided at the end of each lesson will help you gauge the amount of information you recall. Not only does this chapter include the topics named previously, but it also includes these:
- Key concepts in religion
- Concepts of monotheism and polytheism
- Definitions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
- Meaning and examples of nontheism, including Hinduism
- Differences between atheism, agnosticism, and theism
- Effect of religious development on nearby nations
- Definition of freedom of religion
Use the dashboard to monitor your progress through the chapter. If you need to go back to a lesson, click the Recent Activity link. This chapter's lessons are mobile friendly, and you can print out the worksheets and answers to study at another time or place.
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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
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. 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.
8. Impact of Religious Development on Surrounding Nations
No cultural impact is felt quite as much as religion. The religions that shape Western culture most have been around for hundreds of years, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. This lesson shows how religions impact cultures.
9. The History of Religion in the U.S.
In this lesson, we will examine the history of religion in the United States. We will highlight key developments in American religious history, and we will identify central themes and trends.
10. What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance
In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of religion. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind the freedom, the specific clauses of the freedom of religion and what it means to society today.
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