Marx and Durkheim are some of the most prolific theorists known to man today. However they both have different views on such things such as religion. Marx viewed reliogion as an oppression for society. A sort of “coping mechanism” for capitalism. Something to get your mind off things. Marx would describe religion as the “sigh of an oppressed creature.
Durkheim on the other hand had completely opposite ideas. He looked as religion as a benefactore to help people create norms and live a so called “normal” life. Durkheim looked at religion as a reinforcement for society. It helps bring to bring society together to share ideas that can benefit the society. Durkheim thoguht religion was a great thing unlike Marx who thought the opposite. Marx called it the “opium of the people”.