Chapter 14 Religion Chapter Outline What Religion Does in Society Characteristics of Religion Religion A social process that helps to order society and provide its members with meaning, unity, peace of mind, and the degree of control over events they believe is possible. A Human Universal
1. The authors of the text provide a definition of religion as a ________ that helps to order society and provide its members with meaning, unity, peace of mind, and the degree of control over events they believe are possible.
rite of passage
2. Religions provide a(n) ________, which is defined as a "set of principles or beliefs about the nature of life and death, the creation of the universe, the origin of society, the relationship of individuals and groups to one another, and the relation of humankind to nature.
set of rules
written sacred text
3. The liminal stage of ritual is generally a temporary state that may be characterized by all except which one of the following?
temporary state of equality amongst those of other castes, classes or kinship groups
women and men acting in non-conventional manner
behaviors that reflect and reinforce the status quo