Why are human beings religious? Is there something in our nature that naturally gives rises to religious beliefs and practices? The vast majority of people in the world are religious, but what do we mean when we label someone with that term? Traditional Buddhism, for example, does not have a belief in a deity. If belief in the divine is not therefore a necessary element of religion, then what are its defining characteristics?
These are the sorts of questions we will explore over the next seven weeks during our Wednesday night adult formation (6:30-8:00 PM). Drawing on the work of religious theorists such as Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Clifford Geertz, we will look at religion through lenses of psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology. Through our discussions, we hope to draw each other closer to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of religion in our world.
All are welcome, and no background knowledge on the topic is necessary.