CRCC Director of Research Richard Flory was the keynote speaker of the “Religious Talks,” an annual series of talks presented by the sociology department at Cal State Fullerton. Here’s an excerpt from The Daily Titan’s coverage of the speech:
Flory covered a range of topics throughout his speech, conveying to students the importance of understanding society and culture through the lens of religion.
“Religious institutions are important to society for particular reasons, even if you’re not religious,” Flory said. The current state of flux with large-scale organizations puts the future of religious institutions into question, he said.
This week’s talk series examined multiple religious perspectives and case studies on the benefits of faith and religion, but Flory’s intention as keynote speaker was not to get students personally interested in religion.
“In a way it’s for (students) to understand that religion is a good lens through which to understand larger trends in society,” Flory said.
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