When discussing the sociology of religion, you are forced to think about what groups are present throughout. As with any organized group, there has to be a presence of leadership (Johnstone). The leaders are those looked upon by the group or society for advice, reassurance and social norms. Leaders are an extremely important role in a group, for without them there would be chaos.
Religious leaders are generally chosen by the higher ups in the
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Those that sacrifice their lives for religious professions, have an obligation to aspire after perfection. They live according to solemn vows and ordained rules. These men are of a higher character than the average person. They surrender the self and material things to be one with God. In contrast with a political hierarchy, there is harmony among the ranks and less dispute. Clergymen are in this profession for their deep faith, not for personal gain.