(Answered) RELI 448N 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 

Initial Post Instructions
Choose one of the following psychological views of religion: Freud, James, or Jung. Briefly describe this theory. Defend this theory as an explanation as to the origin of religions.


Psychology of religion studies religion by explaining it psychologically. In American history, William James is regarded as the “Father of Psychology” due to his contribution to the field especially with matters related to religion in which he developed the philosophy of pragmatism (Whitehead, 2016). Through this philosophical approach, James explains religious beliefs on a hypothetical basis in an attempt to justify the hypothesis’ truth (Segal, 2016). As he explains throughout his work, James argues that the truth of a statement is best evaluated by its practical effects or consequences……..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5