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Culture as Both Product and Practice

CULTURE AS A PRODUCT  Hall and Neitz (1993) provide an inclusive definition of culture that describes it as 1) ideas, knowledge (correct, wrong, or unverifiable belief), and recipes for doing things; 2) humanly fabricated tools (shovels, sewing machines, and computers); and 3) products of social action that can be drawn upon in the conduct of… Continue reading Culture as Both Product and Practice

Christianity · Culture · Religion · Sociology · Sociology of Religion

The Case for the Cultural Study of Religion

RELIGION AND CULTURE  Rituals, symbols, and myths have been at the forefront of the Sociology of Religion since Durkheim (1915) wrote of the prominence of beliefs, rights, and rituals in the worship of social life. Naturism, animism, and totemic beliefs are mostly bygone religions – relics of a pre-industrialized world, but Durkheim predicted that religion… Continue reading The Case for the Cultural Study of Religion

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American Secularization and Media Depictions of End Times

INTRODUCTION  Media Influence  Art has always had an influence on society, even if that influence is more indirect than the artist intended. In the “age of mechanical reproduction” (Benjamin 1969[1936]), the aura of art may not be as strong as the medium of film and television has eclipsed the close distance of the stage. The… Continue reading American Secularization and Media Depictions of End Times

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Visual Sociology

What is ‘Visual’?  Visual, especially with reference to visual methods, may not necessarily equate with the images directly viewed with the eye at a given moment. When a person closes their eyes and images emerge from consciousness, do they remain “unseen”? If a person can visualize the invisible, it may not be a stretch to… Continue reading Visual Sociology

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Delighting in God’s Will

“I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart.”Psalm 40:8 David was “a man after [God’s] own heart,” according to Acts 13:22. Therefore, his words should resonate with us if we want to be viewed the same way. David not only committed Scripture to memory, but kept it… Continue reading Delighting in God’s Will

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Pleasant Words

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:24‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Communication is vital to any relationship. Studies show that communication is one of the top measures for the success or failure of a marriage. There are… Continue reading Pleasant Words

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The Church (Part 4): The Local Church

We have come a long way on our journey to better understand the church. So far we have focused on mostly the spiritual Church. We have addressed:   The Trail of Blood - The history of the church from Acts 2 until today, the martyrs gave their lives to the cause of Christ, and the persecution… Continue reading The Church (Part 4): The Local Church