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  The term church (from Greek kuriakon [doma], ‘lord\'s house’) refers to an assembly of people, social institutions and their associated beliefs and practices which comprise a distinct religious grouping. Churches, in contrast to sects (see sect/sectarianism), claim a universal social membership based on birth and accept the importance of the state and other secular institutions in maintaining social order. DA

See also culture; Protestant ethic; religion; secularization.Further reading M. Hill, A Sociology of Religion.



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