Religious Groups

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Religious Groups Famed anthropologist David Aberle became known for his classification of organized groups. He stated that there are "five functional prerequisites" for a unit of people to be considered as existing in "group life." There are many organizations which can be ascertained to be belonging to groups based on these prerequisites. These prerequisites are: 1) recruiting into and reproducing the group, 2) socialization, 3) producing satisfactory levels of goods or services, 4) preserving order, and finally 5) maintaining a sense of purpose. All organizations which fulfill these requirements can be categorized as existing in a group life. Perhaps among all types of organizations which impact a life, the religious affiliation is the strongest and determines what group that individual belongs to. Many groups who believe in one set of religious doctrine and describe anyone outside those religious practices as other. Although many people view religious groupings as somehow more than an organized affiliation, it becomes clear through analysis that they are, in fact, just another form of sociological grouping. Peoples from all religions use recruiting techniques in order to expand their numbers and increase the message of their belief system to a larger audience (Tarico 2008). There are various ways in which this is done. The Jehovah's Witnesses are known to knock on doors and ask people face to face about their beliefs. Christians, Jewish people, and Muslims set up
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