Emile Durkheim: The Latent Function Of Religion
In other words, a person’s sense will perceive as a member of the group. In a way, the function of religion is to integrate individuals into a group or society, which reassure people’s stability and cohesions.
Third, religion creates collective consciousness. As a religious group, all members have the same set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes. As a result, as a group, they will start to accept these new standards, and integrate it in their daily life. In the book “Selected Writing”, Durkheim argues that a symbol is a powerful too that can strengthen the relationship between members. (Giddens, 1972, p.232). Lastly, as mentioned above, religion gives faiths, hopes, and meanings to people to continue living. “Religion rituals also helps us feel that we are more in control of often uncontrollable, capricious events which threaten us the safety of the group… But certain rituals allows us to experience a sense of comfort as well as control in the sense that they reassure us of the continued existence and strength of the group, even in the face of adversity” (Pasdermajian, 2015, p.