• Isn't that in your class's book? I know where they differ: Functionalism emphasizes institutional harmony, likening different institutions to organs. Therefore, a functionalist will probably see religion as a necessity that should be made to fulfill a wider role in society. The Marxist perspective emphasizes conflict (it's also called "conflict perspective"). To a Marxist, religious institutions probably serve the interests of a ruling and ecclesiastical class. Taking that view to the extreme, religion may have no purpose beyond being the opiate for the masses.
  • 7-26-2017 Nobody knows a thing about religion. They simply assume it is whatever they have chosen to assume.

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