Theology and Anthropology of Religion

Theology and Anthropology of Religion

Compare and contrast two theoretical approaches to religion. This does not necessarily mean
a single theorist, but a school of thought made up of multiple theorists. Explain both theories, the
approaches to religious studies they represent (i.e. anthropology of religion, structural-functionalism,
psychological approach, etc.), and their shortcomings and assets in terms of explaining or furthering
our understanding of religion. Use examples and quotations to substantiate your assessment. You
may include your own opinion on the relative merit of these theories, but this should be in the
conclusion. The point of the assignment is to get you to think critically and in some depth about
theories of religion and the schools of thought to which they give rise or belong.