Essay on Functionalist View of Religion

2000 Words May 27th, 2012 8 Pages
The Functionalist View of Religion First Last name
Bluegrass Community Technical College

There are several key elements that are found in every society. These elements are called cultural universals. One of these cultural universals is religion. From the earliest known societies to our every day modern lives religion has performed many vital functions. To explore these necessary duties of religion we must first understand the definition of religion. Many describe religion as a feeling or presence of a supernatural being. Others say religion is more of a self awareness or inner peace. Webster’s Dictionary defines religion as 1a: The state of the religious b (1): The service or worship of God or the supernatural (2):
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Another latent function of religion is that religion is sociological by nature. Every society has a specific, moral order by which everyone in that society should live and operate. In every religion these basic laws are said to have been given by that groups good to those people for a moral outline by which to live their daily lives. These “commandments” differ greatly between different religions, societies, cultures, and eras. In the Holy Bible the book of Exodus records the Ten Commandments that the Israelites God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. These basic rules of living are broad, generic guidelines that, when examined, show a general outline of how, according to most cultural morals, a good person should conduct themselves. These similar laws are found in many other religions around the world. When it comes to the more specific standards to live by, different religions greatly vary. This is often the reason for much conflict between religions. Another important but unintended purpose of religion is to determine existence. This cosmological function of religion helps people to answer the questions of their own existence. Why am I here? Who created life? Do I have a purpose in life? Many people use religion to say that there is an afterlife that awaits those that will die. This

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