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Identify and explain 3 functions that religion could be said to be carrying out in modern Britain (9 marks)
There are many functions that religion could be said to be carrying out in modern Britain today. One of these is that it promotes a sense of belonging to its members. This motivates members of society by helping them to overcome certain things which would potentially put us down. As well as this is gives members within society support to achieve certain goals in life with religious figures supporting people in times of need.
Another function that religion performs in modern Britain is funerals and marriages. For example these are mainly held in a religious form as they help perform a sense of solidarity through praying etc. Marriages are similar as they are performed by religious figures called priests or other religious figures as are all other marriages in order for them to be legal in most countries.
One more function that religion performs in in modern Britain is maintaining the value consensus, order and social solidarity. Religion brings people together and contains shared beliefs in what’s right and what’s wrong and as a result of this social solidarity is kept as people want to obeyed by their religion.

Identify 2 similarities and 1 difference between Marxist and functionalist theories of religion ( 9 marks)
Marxists and functionalists both see religion as performing a beneficial function for society and they both however have two different views on this and see religion as having its benefits for society in different forms and the effects this has on society its self.
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