SOC5500EN - Sociology of Religion - Issues & Theories

Course description

Extensive overview of the influence of religion upon human nature and the social order, the cohesion and conflict in religion, evangelical religion and the problem of race, and the debates over both evolution and religion and environmentalism and religion.

How this course benefits students

According to Mooney (Sociology of Religion:2010)). “…regular attendance at religious services increases academic achievement…and those who are more observant of their religious traditions also report being more satisfied at college.?

Why this course is important

Studying the sociology of religion will assist students conduct a comparative analysis of the relationships between the role, ritual and belief systems of religious institutions and their social contexts.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will be based on a biblical worldview. We will specifically focus our responsibilities-"to do justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8), to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), and to "show forth the glory of God" (1 Chron. 16:24).

Missionally driven

Our goal is to see how God can and is working all over the world, and provides us to join Him in that work. It is a mission that He has provided for us.

Contextually informed

Sociology is relatively late on the social science scene. However, Dulan (1999) expresses that knowledge of this field is needed because “in order to live in a world with other human beings one needs some understanding of how to operate successfully within societal groups.”

Interculturally focused

A focus on the sociology of religion poverty gives everyone of us the opportunity to reach people regardless of their current faith or lack of faith, and lead them to Jesus. This course gives students the opportunity to see how this can work around the world.

Practically minded

In attempting to arrive at a true perspective of human behavior, societal views should be examined in light of the revealed truth of Scripture.

Experientially transformed

This course will not only focus on the ideas and concepts that are taught, but will also give students the opportunity to apply them and live them out in their lives. Students will take what they have learned and apply that learning to their specific environment.