Respond to this topic using a five-paragraph format. The lead paragraph should state your position on the topic and preview the points you intend to address. Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4, are your body paragraphs. Each should address one of the three key points or topics you want to discuss and evaluate. The final paragraph should restate your thesis and review the points you’ve made in the body paragraphs.
TOPIC: Utilizing information provided by your text regarding the three theoretical positions (structural-functionalism, conflict theory, and the symbolic-interactionist perspective) on the sociology of religion, write an essay, following the instructions above. First, summarize each of the three perspectives. Then, compare and contrast the basic underlying assumptions of each position.
Note: There is no absolute “right answer” to this essay. It’s up to you to apply your critical thinking to the author’s argument. It’s up to you to decide whether or not the author of the essay has successfully supported her thesis.