Dylan John Mazziotti
SS205: Sociology, Week 08 Activity“Religion” Activity
The concept of religion has three major elements. Firstly, the belief that thingsare sacred or set apart for specific purposes. Next are practices, which are rituals orceremonies that center on the things considered sacred. The last element is a moralcommunity or church of a like-minded group who share beliefs and practices.
Churches are highly bureaucratized or strictly set to defined rules, generally withnational or international headquarters that give counsel to local congregations, defineswho can be ordained, and has financial control. The Mormon Church is consider oneof the largest churches in the world, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. TheMormon church has a prophet as their primary leader. Cults are new or different religions whose teachings and practices, who aregenerally considered weird or bizarre, and are put at odds with the dominant cultures and religions. Scientology is considered as cult with because of their strangeceremonies like audits, that process the person to a certain way of thinking in order tofree themselves. Ecclesia are so tied to their culture and strongly allied with their government,that it is difficult to tell where one leaves off and the other takes over and together try toshape society. The Islam or Muslim religion is considered Ecclesia in many areas of the