Religious Power

In this essay, I will investigate the workings of religious power. How is it possible that people exert power over each other by means of 'religion'; by reference to matters of which the existence cannot be proven, (or indeed falsified) by scientific means?
Originally published as 'Religion and Power' in: Peter B. Clarke, ed.(2009), The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 194-210.