Read this chapter for a review of religion. As you read each section, consider the following topics:

  • Read the "Introduction to Religion" section, paying close attention to the sociological definition of religion.
  • Take note of the sociological view of religion and attempt to understand how each of the major sociological perspectives consider religion.
  • List the differences between various types of religious organizations. Take note of classifications of religion, such as animism, polytheism, monotheism, and atheism.
  • Take note of how religion can be used as an agent of social change. In addition, focus on trends in secularization and the significance of secularization on a fundamental social institution.