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Reading Assignment: Foreword and Chapter 1, Anthropological Viewpoints about Religion

As you read, consider the following questions and/or ideas:

  • What is more central to religion - supernatural beliefs, a sense of the sacred, or values?
  • How do religion and science differ in their methods and concepts? Are they complementary or incompatible?

Video Lectures


  Introduction to Anthropological Viewpoints about Religion ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Shoshone Water Baby ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Five Building Blocks of Religion ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    1. Distinctive Beliefs ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    2. Important Feelings ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    3. Rituals ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Shoshone Trances ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    4. Social Groups ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    5. Symbolism ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      LDS Creation Story ( WMV ) ( MOV )

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Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, August 02). Chapter 1. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/Anthropology/Anthropology_of_Religion/topic1.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License