Week 1 Discussion.docx - This is a graded discussion 25 points possible due Sep 8 Week 1 Discussion The Study of Religion 4343 unread replies.8787

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This is a graded discussion: 25 points possible due Sep 8 Week 1 Discussion: The Study of Religion 4343 unread replies.8787 replies. Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity: Textbook: Chapter 1 Lesson Minimum of 1 scholarly source Initial Post Instructions Choose one of the following psychological views of religion: Freud, James, or Jung. Briefly describe this theory. Defend this theory as an explanation as to the origin of religions. Follow-Up Post Instructions Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to one peer who chose a view different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Writing Requirements Minimum of 3 posts Initial Post Length: 200-300 words APA format for in-text citations and list of references Grading This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link: Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines Weekly Objectives (WO) WO2.1, 3.1 Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
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Collapse Subdiscussion Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis Sep 3, 2019Sep 3 at 4:35pm Manage Discussion Entry Hello Professor and Classmates, Beginning with the most burning question, Why are we here? And proceeding further from that, what is our purpose? These all-encompassing questions, as well as others, may be answered by delving deeper into the study of religions taking a step back as an observer, or the etic approach, by examining them and exploring what they provide for society, it may also help us understand more about ourselves. Molloy (2013) provides the traditional definition of religion as “a system of belief that involves worship of a God or gods, prayer, ritual, and a moral code.” But this may not, as pointed out by Molloy, be the most comprehensive definition as there are several more characteristics that also may be included. Another question arises though, what gives rise to religion itself? A view from a scientific psychologist, William James provides a view of religion that derives from a human need for mental wellbeing. As opposed to other contemporaries of his time, such as Freud, James viewed religion as “a positive way of fulfilling these needs (physiological) and praised its positive influence on the lives of individuals” (Molly, 2013). In an article written by Christopher Stawski (2003) he provides a definition offered by Williams James in his Varieties of Religious Experience described as “personal religion” which consists of “ the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.” This definition puts the context of religion firmly on the individual and holds its value closely linked to the deeply human need to connect with something bigger than themselves.
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