What is Religion?

Rel 160 Fall 1997 Quiz #1 makeup 10/2/96Name:______________________

Respond to the following essay questions. Be succinct -- information is much more important than volume. This is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

What two features are necessary for any useful definition? Suggest and critique at least two attempts to define ‘religion’?

Describe a "near death experience". What methodological pitfalls is a researcher likely to encounter if s/he is trying to collect data from people that have had NDEs? What, if anything, might they tell us about the nature of our minds or the possibility of afterlife?