What have (and would) famous sociologists have said and written about religion?

Religion should be evaluated from a sociological point of view, shouldn't it?

What is the impact of religion on our species?

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Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 12, 2014 at 10:00am

Thanks Luara - I'll check out Nigel's work!

Comment by Luara on July 10, 2014 at 3:58am

Also, Nigel Barber wrote about why atheism will replace religion.

Comment by Luara on July 10, 2014 at 3:54am

The psychologist Nigel Barber writes about religion as a response to a need for security. 

Developed countries tend to be less religious, presumably because living conditions are better and people feel safer in them.  They feel better about this life. 

The USA is developed and relatively religious, but that's explained by people not being very secure here.  There are a lot of guns and crime, and the USA probably doesn't take care of its citizens as well as socialist democracies like Sweden, which are much less religious. 

Yes, religion is sociological as well as psychological.  It has to do with human psychology on the group level. 

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 9, 2014 at 9:33pm

It's not controversial to point out that genocide is a bad thing, is it?

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