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Looking at Religion in Indiana
Lyndsey Gibson
IVY Tech Community College

This paper explores the different views of religion between three sociologist writers, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. It discusses a few different religions and the percent of Indiana that is religious. It will go into examples about how religion has developed over time and how Christians all have one big thing in common. Throughout the paper, it will explain how Christians are trying to share the word of God and make their community a better place.

Looking at Religion in Indiana
Three main sociologist writers have different perspectives on religion and different perspectives on how important religion is to society. …show more content…

He chose to view religion as a negative thing unlike Durkheim who viewed it in a positive way. Marx believed that “humanity makes religion; religion does not make humanity.” (Kessler. A, 2001). Karl Marx states that opium and religion can be an effect on human suffering by removing the incentive to do whatever is necessary to overcome it. Hamilton points out that “religion offers compensation for the hardship of this life in some future life, but it makes such compensation conditional upon acceptance of the injustices of this life.” Religion, to Marx, does not have the power to lead to social change. (Kessler. A, 2001). Max Webber attempted to demonstrate that religious beliefs were not mechanically connected to the economic structure of society, it shapes individuals behavior and actions in everyday life. Overall, it can be seen that the three main sociology writers differ greatly when it comes to ideas regarding religion.
There are many religions in Indiana and each religion has its own culture. 44.33 percent of the people in Indiana are religious. The number one religion in Indiana is Catholic at 11.89 percent. (Religion, 2015). The Catholic believes are to gain happiness of heaven, love, and serve God in this world. They must believe in the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity, which is the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. They must also believe in the Incarnation, which means that the Son of God, retaining His divine

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