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The Human Universal

Religion--the very word stirs the thoughts and emotions of each human in some degree. If indeed there is a human universal, it must be religion. For, in religion, humanity attempts to aspire to the divine--to reconnect to something larger than the human spirit.
Defining religion is a somewhat difficult task. Certainly no one definition would satisfy everyone but there are elements of religion that lend themselves to a cohesive generalized description. Webster's Dictionary defines religion as the following:

"A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional, and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code for the conduct of human affairs."

Traditions from around the world all attempt to try to reconnect to the divine. They also work toward determining why the world is at it is. It seems that from times older than human memory, humans have all been searching for an explanation and guidance. The medium for these endeavors has, and is, of course, religion.
The purpose of this page is to provide the reader with recommended readings and sites for personal study. From time to time, I will produce small monographs on my own studies of religion. At any rate, this portion of my site is a place where persons interested in the study of religion may come to seek information.

ARTICLES

"Dagon"

REVIEW:THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

SITES OF RELIGIOUS INTEREST:

Encyclopedia Mythica

Joseph Campbell Foundation

Religion and Spirituality

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Bowen, John R. Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998.

Crim, Keith. The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1981.

Frazer, James G. The Golden Bough. New York: Gramercy, 1981.

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