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what is quasi-religion?
- Andrew KLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Anything that has some but not all aspects of religion, the free-masons might be one example.
- SandraLv 45 years ago
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It's a fair point. Some people might call feminism a cult but the only difference between a cult and a religion is size and favorable press. I'd probably go ahead and call feminism a religion-a full fledged religion. When you think about the power of religions you're really thinking about the effect of the power of the institutions and interests that sponsor and perpetuate a religion. And if you realize that, you realize that a religion doesn't really depend on a pantheon or even a singular god to claim moral authority. All it needs is a mass of idiots, the promise of exclusivity, and a few charismatic leaders.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Since the 1960s, the proliferation of cults, sects, private religions, invisible religions, and esoteric belief-systems in general has left sociologists of religion struggling to define their core subject-matter. It has seemed increasingly unsatisfactory simply to assume that religion happens in churches (or, indeed, that Churches are necessarily concerned primarily with the promotion of religion). As a result there have been numerous attempts to impose order on the field. In one such effort, A. L. Greil and T. Robbins ( eds.) (Between Scared and Secular, 1994) distinguish between religions (as conventionally understood), on the one hand, and ‘para-religions’ and ‘quasi-religions’ on the other. Para-religious phenomena ‘involve expressions of ultimate concern’ but make no claim to be religions because no supernatural beliefs are involved. Examples include psychotherapy as practised in a communal setting and ritualistic aspects in corporate and consumer life. Quasi-religions do make supernatural claims but these are ‘anomalous given the American folk category of “religion”’. Occultism, New Age spiritualism, astrology, and Scientology are cited as exemplars. The fact that the last of these has been involved in a long history of political and legal wrangling in order to have itself recognized as a Church illustrates the difficulties of defining clear boundaries in this particular sphere of sociological interest.Source(s): research
- Robert RLv 61 decade ago
Any religion other than your own.
- 1 decade ago
I am not sure what context who have heard this in but it could mean eclectic.
- ⌡Machine Head⌠Lv 71 decade ago
- Anonymous1 decade ago
more than one god....