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A2: Trump and civil religion

Image result for Trump's inauguration speech
Thanks to Sumera for a head’s up about Donald Trump’s inaugural speech which like so many before him is a very good example of civil religion:
“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear — we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God…
And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.”
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Y13 Friday P1

For those not going on the trip, please could you answer the following 10 mark question:

Outline and explain two reasons why there is dispute over the definition of religion. 

In the exam you will have 15 minutes to answer this question. You only need to write a very brief intro and conclusion, the most important part are the two paragraphs identifying reason 1 and reason 2.


Please email answer to

Thanks 🙂

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A2: Social Change: Church of England Letter

The following is an excellent example of how religion can seek and sometimes achieve social change. The Church of England have written a 52-page open letter to help church members consider how to negotiate ‘dangerous times to build the kind of society which people say they want’

Also, it is a good example for secularisation. Shiner (1967) argues that when religion is more concerned with secular issues than the spiritual it is a sign of ‘conformity’.

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A2 Religion: Isis and Fundamentalism

Have a read of the following article (, it is a very interesting insight into the fundamentalist ideology of Isis. Here is an extract if you are not keen to read a whole article!

Savagery is at the core of Isis ideology. But it is crucial not to play down that brutal acts have to be justified through sharia texts. Islamic fundamentalism is Isis’s ideology, so to speak, and every act has to be grounded in religious traditions. Muslim clerics who issue a “letter to al-Baghdadi” or a lengthy fatwa to delegitimise Isis miss the mark unless they understand the invigorating nature of this violent ideology. While Isis uses manuals such as Naji’s book, it references religious texts and stories. Muslim clerics should recognise that theoretical fatwas cannot sufficiently counter what I call “kinetic” sharia, consisting of stories and actions carried out by authoritative Muslim figures in early Islam, on which Isis relies heavily to justify its ideology. Statements such as “this hadith is weak” or “it is not permissible to kill prisoners of war” can be backed by religious texts, but how early Muslim leaders acted is similarly powerful, if not more persuasive.

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A2 Homework: Beliefs in Society

After you have handed in the 33 mark question, the next homework is to prepare for the following question:

  • Assess the contribution of religion to social change (18 marks)

You will answer this question in class without notes so it is important you revise at home. 13 B Sociology will tackle the question during the lesson on Thursday Week 2 and 13A on