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Note 1 Religion

Page 2: What does Nye say the purpose of his book is? That is, what is he trying to do in this book, and why?
He seek to give some sense of how we can begin to understand the complexities of religious
Page 3: How does he define religion? (Hint: there are three components).
Religion is what people do on a day to day level. Religion is both set of ideas and beliefs that
people can engage with, and also the framework for their lived experiences and daily practices
Pages 4-5: Why is this not a theology book? What’s the difference between theology and the way Nye
defines religious studies?
In this book Nye is not trying to study Theology, but what hes doing is trying to understand
religious culturism.
Pages 5-6: Who was Freud, what was his theory about the origin of religion, and how does Nye critique that
He was famous thinkers who controversially proposed that religion is a misguided and unhealthy
outcome of the problems inherent in a young boy working through, individual basis. Nye critiqued
Freud theory by not all religion ideal fatherly figure as god, nor they even idolized god as figure.
Page 7: To understand a religion, you must also understand its___________
Pages 9-10: Why can’t we just talk about “religion,” singular?
Pages 10-12: What is wrong with the “world religions” approach? Or, put another way, what are the
limitations of Table 1.2, according to Nye?
Page 13: How is the “world religions” approach a “political activity”? You may have to draw a little bit on
your knowledge of Western colonialism here.
Pages 13-14: Why does it make sense to talk about “many different Hinduisms” or “Christianities”?
Page 16: Explain, in your own words, why the argument that religion can be found in “every culture” is
problematic, using Hinduism and “dharma” as an example.
Page 19: Given all the problems with the word “religion,” why does Nye decide to use them anyway?
Page 20: When Nye says “religion is studies as a human activity,” what does he mean?