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Sociology of Religion
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1. Theme and Methods

1.1. The theme of the sociology of religion is religion as a social phenomenon. General agreement obtains regarding the universal and directly perceptible features of religious social phenomena. Phenomena of this kind are the result of a process of institutionalizing, in the course of which the original religious experience of an individual or group has gradually taken fixed forms in the shape of a myth or a doctrine (Dogma). This doctrine finds ritual expression in the cult (Rite). Regula…

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Laeyendecker, Leo, “Sociology of Religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.38>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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