chapter  3
The Individual and Religion
ByC. Margaret Hall
Pages 14

Although religions frequently support the status quo, as Protestantism supports the ideology of individualism in the United States, they may at the same time paradoxically suggest directions for change and even promote innovation, as Protestantism expedited the industrial revolution (Ashbrook, 1993; Weber, 1958). Deities, supreme powers, and godheads to some extent symbolize societies; worshippers essentially revere specific aspects of societies or social changes in their worship rituals (Durkheim, 1915; Yinger, 1957).