Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview


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According to Kant, religion developed as man tried to _____.

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1. Which philosopher held to the theory of nature-worship?

2. The belief that nature is made up of unseen spirits is known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your knowledge of the theories on religion's origin. Covered topics include Kant's theory on why religion developed and the philosopher holding to the theory of nature-worship.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Origins of religion according to Kant
  • Philosopher ascribing to the theory of nature-worship
  • Term for the belief that unseen spirits comprise nature
  • Freud's beliefs concerning religious development

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the theorist who linked religion with the struggles of the social class
  • Interpreting information - verify you can review information regarding the theories of the origins of religion and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related world religions lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about the major views on how religion came to be, review the corresponding lesson titled Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the main theories on religion's origins and who purported them
  • Understand who Immanuel Kant was and the unprovable nature of religious beliefs
  • Describe how animism relates to Muller's nature-worship theory
  • Know the phases of religion's development according to Frazer
  • Appreciate the differences in belief between Marx and Freud