What is the relationship between religion and society?

many theories & ideas

  • Religious norms are one of the most powerful social regulators.
  • Religion does not exist in society as a body alien to it.
  • Any religion includes several essential elements

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Who have studied religion

Religion for many people plays the role of a worldview, a ready-made system of views, principles, ideals, explaining the structure of the world and determining a person’s place in it.

Religious knowledge

Religious knowledge, which is drawn from religious texts, has a strong focus on the psyche and emotions of believers, can influence human behavior. Religion often contributes to the unification of nations, the formation of the united states.

Religious life

Religious life is the second major form of human history. Therefore, now no one seeks to destroy it. It should be noted that no religion is persecuted, unless, of course, it shocks society with some bloody sacrifices or other savage forms of worship.

religious motivation of personality behavior


Sociological Theories

In modern sociological theories, religion is seen as a factor contributing to maintaining the stability of society and a factor stimulating its change.


universal values conductor

Sociologists note that in a modern society with a developed democracy, a certain level of its integration is increasingly ensured by legislation, that the role of a conductor of universal values is increasingly taken on by legal institutions.


integration factor

Another difficulty is that religion acts not only as a factor of integration but also in the disintegration of society as well. More generally, it can be said that religion can be completely dysfunctional.

the concept of the religion evolution

In modern sociology of religion, the concepts of the evolution of religion are being developed as a two-pronged process – the impact of religion on society and the development of religion itself under the influence of social factors, changes in society in the course of historical development.

one of the types of associations and activities of people

Religion acts as one of the types of associations and activities of people along with such communities as national, scientific and economic (in the form of transnational corporations), regional, etc., each of which is capable of facilitating or inhibiting the development of society.

Recently, sociologists predict an active growth in the interference of religion in international relations, the development of a close community of religious and political institutions.