Terms and Questions:

Defining Religion



1.    Genetic fallacy

2.    homo religious

3.    Rudolf Otto

4.    homo sapiens


1.    How can it be argued that religion is a universal dimension of human experience?  Do you agree?

2.    Is it possible to define religion in a way that is useful for its study?  What are some of the criteria for a good definition for religion?

3.    Give some examples of definitions that fall short and explain why.

4.    How do Livingston and Meckel define religion?

5.    Why does the author think that people inherently religious?  Can you offer other reasons?

6.    Why study religion?

7.    What do you think is the relationship between religious commitment and objectivity in the study of religion?