15.1 The Sociological Approach to Religion
For more discussion on the study of sociology and religion, check out the following blog: http://openstax.org/l/immanent_frame/. The Immanent Frame is a forum for the exchange of ideas about religion, secularism, and society by leading thinkers in the social sciences and humanities.
Read more about functionalist views on religion at http://openstax.org/l/Grinnell_functionalism, symbolic interactionist view on religion at http://openstax.org/l/flat_Earth, and women in the clergy at http://openstax.org/l/women_clergy.
Some would argue that the Protestant work ethic is still alive and well in the United States. Read British historian Niall Ferguson’s view at http://openstax.org/l/Protestant_work_ethic.
15.2 World Religions
PBS’s Frontline explores “the life of Jesus and the rise of Christianity” in this in-depth documentary. View the piece in its entirety here: http://openstax.org/l/PBS_Frontline.
Sorting through the different Christian denominations can be a daunting task. To help clarify these groups, go to http://openstax.org/l/Christian_denominations.
15.3 Religion in the United States
What is a megachurch and how are they changing the face of religion? Read “Exploring the Megachurch Phenomena: Their Characteristics and Cultural Context” at http://openstax.org/l/megachurch.
Curious about the LGBT religious movement? Visit the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) web sites for current news about the growing inclusion of LGBT citizens into their respective religious communities, both in the pews and from the pulpit: http://openstax.org/l/GLAAD and http://openstax.org/l/human_rights_campaign.
How do Christians feel about gay marriage? How many Mormons are there in the United States? Check out http://openstax.org/l/Pew_Forum, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a research institute examining U.S. religious trends.