(Solution) 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.

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


There exists a plethora of psychological views of religion that help in providing an explanation regarding the origin of religions. Taking this into account, one of such psychological views is that of Sigmund Freud. According to Richards (2019), Sigmund is famous not only for his psychoanalytic school of thought by his keen interest in religion. As an adult, he considered himself an atheist. Nonetheless, various scholars have argued that his Jewish background, as well as upbringing, played an imperative role in the development of his ideas.  Additionally, owing to his religious background, Freud was aware of the influence of religion on identity. In fact, he acknowledged that his Jewish background played a pertinent role in shaping his personality. Freud considered religion as an illusion and an attempt to gain control over the external world.  Specifically, he stated that “Religion is an…..Please click the Paypal icon below to purchase full solution for only $5