Why/How does this institution fit Smith’s (2017) definition of religion? Were you able to intuit or learn about any notions of the “superhuman power”

 

  • Why/How does this institution fit Smith’s (2017) definition of religion?
  • Were you able to intuit or learn about any notions of the “superhuman power” on which the organization centers?
  • What activities did you observe that you believe constitution the “practices of religion” that are core to Smith’s definition?
  • Were you able to grasp some of the organization’s ancillary religious beliefs? 
  • What demographic characteristics appear to predominate among the organization’s members?
  • How might some of the practices or beliefs you observed reflect or potentially influence social dynamics of class, gender, race/ethnicity, or politics?
  • Did anything you observed provide insight into the core questions that structure our course meetings?
  • What aspect, belief, or practice of the visited organization most struck you as sociologically interesting or noteworthy, and why?

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