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Although the first six letters of “professor” makes it clear, the central duty of a professor is often misunderstood or forgotten. Professors are those with a distinctive point of view which, as experts in the field, are qualified to advocate for, argue, and teach. In other words, a professor is one who professes. In this blog, we openly express our own positions on issues in ethics, religious studies, and philosophy—our areas of expertise.

Emile Durkheim
Posted on November 28, 2023 by Joel Heim0 comments 

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The video below on Durkheim is from our course "Journey Through Religion."

Much of Emile Durkheim’s work focuses on religion, and it is fair to say that he advanced our theoretical understandings of religion even beyond the sub-field of the sociology of religion.  

He argued that religion was the most fundamental social institution and that it gave rise to other institutions. Religion, according to Durkheim, gave humanity its most substantial form of collective consciousness.

While Durkheim's theories are used extensively today by scholars in the field of religion, it is still important to remember that he was a sociologist and not a religion scholar.

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