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How is the word "theory" generally understood? What is the difference

between theories of the natural world and "theoretical ideas" in the academic study of religion?


 According to Herling, is it possible for someone to be "religious" if he or she doesn't believe in God/gods? Why or why not?


According to Herling, what is the difference between substantive and functionalist definitions? Which seems more appropriate for the study of religion, and why? 


According to Herling, what is the relationship between definition and description in the study of religion? 


.Drawing on Herling, what's an example of a definition of religion that runs the risk of reductionism? Why? What, if anything, is wrong with reductionism? 

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