Create a fictional religion with an imaginary founder:
1. Write a fictional history of the founder – outline – to include the following content:
Describe the founder’s story and vision (purpose of the religion)
What caused the founder to abandon previous beliefs and why start a new religion?
Describe the early followers, the experience and stigma associated with accepting/believing the founder’s religious vision.
List five requirements for recruiting membership to this religion? These requirements should not be random – they must fit into the larger vision of the acceptable U.S. culture of religion – they should make sense to prospective religious group members – what type of individuals do you want to be members of your religion?
Clearly state five rules/expectations of this religion – to maintain membership in the religion
Part Two = 25 points
Narrative Summary of the following (reference lesson/chapter material)
2. Connect fictional religion content to Weber and Durkheim’s work on religion. (one-page) = 10 points
3. Connect fictional religion content to the three sociological perspectives (one-page) = 10 points
Structural Functional Perspective
Symbolic Interaction Perspective