In this lecture we examine the role religion plays in the life of the individual; we are not concerned with the validity of any set of religious beliefs, nor the role of organized religion in society. Rather we build on the views of thinkers like William James, Wittgenstein, Dostoevsky, and Maslow to examine questions such as what exactly is religion?; why the central role in all civilizations throughout history?; what is the relationship between science and religion?; and can an atheist adhere to a religion?
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The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James - http://amzn.to/1U9bCcJ
Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences by Abraham Maslow - http://amzn.to/249aUSq
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