Okay, so another aspect to consider
So there is the topic of religiosity which refers
to the extent of influence that a religion
has on a person’s life.
We have so many different
religions that are so different.
And we have some that are
very very similar.
And we have some consistencies
So there are couple of types of religion that
we’re going to look at or types of organizations.
The first are the ones that
fall in the bracket of Ecclesia.
And this is a dominant religious
organization that includes
most of the members of
that specific society.
So you really don’t have… I don’t
want to say to have a lot of say.
But essentially 95 % of your society, your
community, you’re the population in your area
belongs to this dominant religion.
So it’s kind of really again social norms
if you’re not part of that religion.
Now, you have the church, which is a
well-integrated into the larger society.
So the majority of people would be part of this
religion. And they can enter through birth
But you can also can join.
So it’s a little bit more it will less
stringent and you’re not sort of force into it
and is not assumed that you’re part of
this church. But if you’re… for example,
if you’re Catholic or Christians, sorry… if you’re
born into that you’re essentially Christian.
People can join the Catholic
church but it’s not forced.
So there's obviously if you look around the
world there's certain cities where the church,
the Catholic church, is very strong and it’s
almost like it’s, like the classiest set up
but it’s still you have the option to leave to join.
So it is a little bit different then the first.
And you have a Sect which is distinct from
the church and a little bit distinct from
the larger society. But it just the
break off. So you have different types of
Catholicism and you can have the
little the breakaway where they’ve tweaked
the religion a little bit and they create
a sect. And the same rules apply basically
that you can join a lot of times
membership is through birth.
But again it’s a smaller slice of the pies,
it’s smaller proportion of the population.
And then you have your fringe Cult
which is far outside of society’s norms.
And maybe, fairly short lived
and sometimes it’s deemed “crazy”.
So you hear, not all of them are
crazy, never generalizing here.
But some of them are at first
thought to be extremely odd saying,
“This is an odd religion. Why they’re
thinking this? And why they acting this way?”
And that doesn’t align with our
social norms that we have here.
It doesn’t align with the church.
And this is an odd thing.
It’s funny that we should call at this and
call it potentially crazy or fringe because
the original, the initiation of the
Catholic faith was not it was a cult.
It was something that was completely
against the norm and it’s turn in to
one of the dominant religions today.
Over the years, religion has
been affected by social change.
So that’s a good thing and that you want
the religion to sort of match and align
with what society is saying.
So we’ve had Modernization.
This is partly in point to the access
to easier access to information.
Which means that there’s a little bit
less emphasis on religion itself.
So if you think a 100 years ago, the
ways in which information was passed on
was you attending church and you
reading the Bible on a regular basis.
and hearing sermons and being involved.
And now in our world of modernization it’s
difficult, we aren’t always home on a Sunday.
We are doing so many different things.
You can access information anywhere,
There is gospels on TV, there is church
on TV, there is so many different ways
to access this information. And so
you seem a little less engaged.
There's also secularization which is the
weakening of the political and social power
and influence that this religious organization
now have versus 5000 years ago.
150 years ago, the church was the almighty.
And the church would govern
most of the people a lot of the time.
And actually was more powerful
than even the government itself.
And so everything would run to
the church. They had a lot of power.
They acted as priest, they acted as politicians,
they act as health officials.
There's a lot that they would do and that obviously
has been diluted to where we are today.
So as a result, in today’s society, people have
sort of follow the religion less to the letters.
So they’re not following with exactly
the way maybe it was intended originally
and they’re not following it to a T.
The flipside of that is those
who are fundamentalist.
And this is the Theory of Fundamentalism,
is where people adhere strictly to
religious beliefs. And they believe,
that this is the way the religion was intended.
This is the way you should follow
and anything deviating from
this is not right.
Now, the problem with that is because it is
so strict, it can lead to social problems.
And it can lead to those who don’t agree --
if you don’t agree with this religion
then you are against this religion and
can lead to a lot of social head bashings.
So we have a full range of ways social change
has impact in religion and its delivery.