Learning Objectives

13.1 Explain how sociologists approach the study of religion.

13.2 Apply classical and contemporary sociological perspectives to analyze the place of religion in human societies.

13.3 Describe different types of religious organizations.

13.4 Identify key characteristics of the four major global religions.

13.5 Discuss the status and role of women in religion.

13.6 Discuss religion in the United States, including trends in affiliation and disestablishment, and the practice of civil religion.

13.7 Discuss globalization’s effects on relations between religious groups.