Sociology of Religion: Comparing Durkhiem with Weber

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Sociology of Religion: Comparing Durkhiem with Weber
In the sociology of religion, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber propose divergent ideas as to the genesis of religion and yet converge in their view of the importance of religion in the fabric of society. Durkheim posits that the collective consciousness (sui generis) evident in society is the origin of social order that Durkheim values highly. For Weber, religion originates in the sphere of the individual and serves as a source of ethical values that leads to social action as individuals interact in society (Parsons 991).
This pair of theorists contrasts Durkheim’s emphasis on objectivity with Weber’s emphasis on subjectivity. Durkheim’s positivistic writing asserts that social order, not...
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