(Solution) RELI448 Week 1 Discussion: The Study of Religion

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 1
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to only one of the following options:

Option 1
Choose one (1) of the following psychological views on the origin of religion:

  • Freud
  • James
  • Jung

Then, address the following:

  1. Briefly describe your chosen theory as believed by the theorist.
  2. Defend your choice by discussing why this theory is the best explanation as to the origin of religions.

Option 2
Choose two (2) of the ten reasons to study religion listed in your text and address the following:

  1. Explain each reason.
  2. Describe why each of your chosen reasons is important to your personal worldview.
  3. Apply at least one of your chosen reasons to your profession and its standards of care.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Initial Post Length: 300-500 words
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and one outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations (include page or paragraph) and references


As listed in the course book, there are numerous reasons why one should study religion. Two of these are: to develop intellectual questioning and appreciation and tolerance of differences. All religions have one thing in common: they “make claims about truth” (Molloy, 2020, p.26). Interestingly, their views are very diverse. Take Buddhism, for instance. It claims that human beings are entrapped in the cycle of life and death as a result of reincarnation until they attain liberation. To believers of this religion, this claim is his or her truth. Conversely, Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of mankind and that one only lives once…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5