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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

With the aid of the theorists, explain the origins and functions of religion.


  1. Religion originated from man aspect of how nature is alive.And the needs of man in society,the supreme being is a mystery that cannot be explained fully. It helps mankind to deal with social and psychological needs. It provide a sense of belonging to human in society. People want to know who they should give thanks to for their great achievement and for everything that is in the world.

  2. Stacy-Ann Mcleod (1PR2)October 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Religion derived from mans need to survive.religion gives people a sense of belonging.religion is about recognizing and relating to deity which is a supreme being thought to have powers than that on human. the function of religion are: it makes people able to survive, for protection, it gives people the strength and courage to bear the challenges of life,it gives people guidance and support.

  3. Irone Thompson-Davis 1PR2October 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    according to sigmund feud religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. karl marx religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of of a heartlesss world, just as it is the spiritless situation, it is the opium of the people. what marx is saying is that religion is a symptom of a disease, not the disease itself. what karl marx is saying is that opiate drug fails to fix a physical injury, it merely helps you forget pain and suffering. this may be fine up to a point, but only as long as you are also trying to solve the underlying problems causing the pain.

  4. Irone Thompson-Davis 1PR2October 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    cont. Emile Durkheim saw religion as the concepts of the sacred as the characteristic of religion, he saw totemism as the original and simplest form of religion. according to Durkheim the analysysis of this simple form of religion could provide the building blocks for more complex religions. He asserted that moralism cannot be seperated from religion. Tylor states that religion originated as explanations to the world. and max weber says religion can be force of chsange in society.
    Rudolf Otto say religion as emerging from the idea of the holy, the numinous, the mysterium tremendum et fascinans ie. fearful and fascinating mystery. and mysterium tremendum is described as the literature of religious experience abounds in references to the pains and terror.

  5. Nardian McFarlane-Fisher 1pr2November 5, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I will just look on a few theorists of their views on the origin and function of religion.
    According Freud he stated that religion is an illusion which stems from human desires,Karl spoke of depression in human, Durkheim spoke of society and that it is responsible for the origin of religion.

    the functions of religion are that:it prepares an individual some future existence
    2.according to Myers it fulfills psychological needs.
    3.It explains death.
    4. It ease stress during personal life crisis.