This class was tough.
This course explores the question, "what is religion?" and the professor helps each student come to their own conclusions at the end of the term. The course is a discussion based class and guides the student to a solution to the question by using a diverse set of religious texts including The Bhagavad Gita from Hindu scripture, The Book of Job translated from the Bible, and a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse from The Dhammapada . The religious books are more of a way to help study and find examples of religious theories from Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Émile Durkheim, and more. The theories also go into the psychology, individual biological needs, and of society and overall is a fascinating class.
The course is a great time to map out ideas and discover patterns across all religions and societies and find that Religion and religious practices are not simply black and white. The spectrum and practice of religion is diverse and could be based on an assortment of biological needs (Fundamentalism), coping with death, unfulfilled psychological needs, and/or a source of happiness.
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When taking this course have an open mind and if you are religious personally then be prepared for opposing ideas and learn to separate your personal views form class time. If you do this you will learn to appreciate different ideas.