Simler and Hanson seem to write that the two main functions of religion are social status and community building.and maintenance. Religion has very little to do with beliefs and a great deal to do with social behavior. In other words, religion has a great deal to do with ego and very little to do with spirit.
James Fowler wrote a great book about the stages of faith development and pointed out that people at different stages of religious development use religion for different purposes and in different ways.
- How have you used religion in your life?
- What has it mean to be a part of a faith tradition and participate in a church?
- How aware are you of your own motivations and those of your fellow believers?
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