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Religious Philosophy & Influence - Chapter Summary
Religion is one of the most pertinent topics when it comes to understanding the influences that affect contemporary society and politics. If you are currently studying topics from the field of sociology and political science, and would like to learn about the philosophy and influence of religion, you can read or watch the text and video lessons included in this chapter.
These lessons are a great way to study the basic elements of religion as a whole, its history and its manifestations in today's world. Our lesson instructors will then share their expertise on the different ways in which religion and religious thoughts affect contemporary society, culture and politics. Specific topics you will learn about include:
- Atheism, agnosticism and theism
- The geography of religion
- Religious movements in international politics
- The influence of religion on the state
- The definition and purpose of religious law
- The definition and examples of religious traditions
- Religious writings and how to analyze them
The chapter's practice quizzes and final exam will help you test your understanding of these topics once you have completed the entire chapter. If you would like further information or clarification of specific points, the chapter gives you the option of messaging the lesson instructors directly. You can also use your personal Dashboard to see how much you have learned on this and other subjects.
1. 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.
2. Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts
In this lesson, you'll consider why geographers take an interest in the religions of people around the world. We'll also discuss how conflicts arise between groups with different beliefs and experiences.
3. The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics
Religion has reentered the world of international relations with religious-based terrorist groups. However, religious movements are not limited to acts of terror. You'll learn about the role of religious movements in international politics.
4. Religion's Influence on the State
In the United States, we tend to take a separation between religion and government for granted. However, in other parts of the world, religious traditions don't only have official support of the state but sometimes are also even part of it.
5. Religious Law: Definition & Purpose
The following lesson will cover the role that religious laws play in a variety of legal systems. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
6. Religious Tradition: Definition & Examples
Hundreds of different religions are practiced around the world, but the major religions are generally divided into monotheistic and polytheistic traditions. Despite their many differences, all of the major religions focus on basic principles of what it means to live a moral life.
7. Religious Writings: Examples & Analysis
Every major religion uses writing to preserve its core beliefs and pass them down to subsequent generations, though disputes over those writings can also lead to conflicts and divisions. An example of religious writing is 'scripture,' which is considered divinely inspired.
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