Living with religion is seeing the world as differing social realities. Religion as a concept has always been a point of interest in sociology and anthropology. In classical thought, religion has been interpreted in many ways. For instance, Karl Marx argued that religion is the opium of the masses – it alleviates the suffering of people and gives them hope for a better life beyond this world. Emile Durkheim asserted that religion is a collective expression of consciousness by which people perceive a force that is greater than them. Max Weber, on the other hand, saw religion as something to be studied based on the meanings attributed to it by the individual. There is a diversity of beliefs in our social world. As social beings, our identities and expressions, religious or otherwise, are influenced by the group. But regardless of a person’s religious background, finding meaning in its values and acting based on its tenets are done as individuals. And these have consequences. Religion, as a significant field in sociology and anthropology, does not seek …
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The online reincarnation of Verstehen was launched exactly a year ago. Indeed, it’s been one year. Once again, we are humbly reminded why we continue to breathe life to this endeavor for readers like you.
As we are all considered active individuals who deal with society and culture on a daily basis, we are all called to look beyond our lived experiences and see things from different perspectives in order to understand more our relationship with the larger context. Welcome to the new Verstehen.