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Sacred Values

How to Grow a Virtual Religious Society

Connor Wood | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

Think religion is all about individual beliefs? Think again. The great sociologist Émile Durkheim argued that religion is "eminently social."

The Tea Party's Sacred Cows and the Privilege of Absurdity

Scott Atran | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

Because people hold sacred values to be absolute and inviolable, any symbolic "concession" must not appear to violate or weaken one's own sacred values. Doing so would likely be seen as forsaking core personal and social identity.