Ant 351 week 1 discussion 1



Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Defining Religion

Reflecting on “Studying Religion Anthropologically” by Eller, consider the different definitions of religion that have been proposed by anthropologists. Which one do you most agree with? In your own words, how would you define religion?

Reflecting on “Religion: Bound to believe?” by Boyer, do you agree that belief is likely to remain more prevalent than non-belief? According to Boyer, what cognitive traits predispose us toward religious belief?

Support your positions with specific examples from the required and recommended resources. Be prepared to respectfully debate with your classmates.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your classmates’ positions. 

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