300 minimusm discussion
Think of two popular religious personifications. Explain the historical (or political) importance of these two figures. (Why did you pick them?). Why are these personifications helpful for many religious believers (of that/those faith/s)? How do these personifications strengthen a connection to the supernatural for belivers of these personifications (or these religions)?
– example, if you chose the Virgin Mary, How does looking at a picture of Mary (or touching a statue of Mary, etc.) deepen a connection to the Christian God?
Sigmund Freud stated in New Introductory Lectures “religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.”
Freud expounded further stating,
“Religion is an attempt to master the sensory world in which we are situated by means of the wishful world which we have developed within us as a result of biological and psychological necessities.”
To what extent is religion purely a biological necessity? Is religion in humans’ DNA, or is religion merely a cultural invention? Be sure to include examples to support your argument.
C.S. Lewis (author of the Narnia series) wrote “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Huston Smith, scholar of religion, famously described life like a tapestry that we, the living, can only see from the wrong side. We see a chaotic maze of knots and threads, which make no sense. Religion then helps to bring us around to the front of the tapestry so that we see the picture as a whole.
Do you agree with these statements? To what extent does religion help make sense of the world? Be sure to cite relevant examples.