Discussion Questions

  1. Compare the structural/functional, conflict/critical, and inter/actionist approaches to education. Which do you think does the best job of explaining education as a social institution? Why?
  2. Do you think religion will strengthen or weaken in the future? Explain your answer.
  3. How does belief differ from fact? Give examples.
  4. How has secularization changed American society? What are the positive and negative aspects of secularization?
  5. Discuss how individuals use religion as a basis for many controversial statements. Identify some examples to use in your discussion.