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Compare and contrast Sigmund Freud's theory about the origin of religions with William James's theory. How does each of these psychologists view religion (positively or negatively)? Now analyze how the insights of Freud or James might illuminate one of the religious traditions we have studied so far. How would Freud or James understand that tradition? Use specific examples to support your answer (e.g., a specific belief or ritual). Sigmund Freud believed that religions is “long lasting impression made on adults by their childhood experiences”. A way of dealing with our anxieties, present and unknown future. He also theorized that with time religion becomes less necessary as we become more secure not only physically but mentally as well and mental security. William James thought of religions as “growing out of psychological needs”. William also recognized the influence of the mind on the body, therefore he saw religion as “a

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