sociology of religion

   This term (from the Latin socius, meaning "associate" or "companion," and the Greek logos, meaning "study") refers to the academic study of the influence of social factors (cultural, political, economic, historical, and so on) onreligious belief and practice, theological thought, and ecclesiastical institutions.

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