Monday, August 12, 2013

Defining Religion

How do the scholars define religion? Marx called it opium of the people.” Freud called it “an illusion produced by psychological projection.”  But others like Mircea Eliade, Rudolf Otto, and Ninian Smart had different ideas. I do a jigsaw using short readings about each of these scholars from Russell McCutcheon's book, Studying Religion,  Students complete a chart with a little background on each scholar and a summary of their major ideas about religion.  In addition to the readings, here are several clips about a few of the scholars.

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