Answer one of the following questions. Give evidence and reasoning for your answers, citing only our Fisher & Rinehart textbook. Always include your internal citations (page numbers), as well as References at the bottom of the post. Click on the "Start a New Thread" button to post your response.

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  1. First, briefly explain what a myth is and list some examples from both traditional and indigenous religions. Next, list two examples of scientific materialist explanations of religion. Finally, compare and contrast myths with scientific explanations: (a) What is the function of myth in religion, according to Fisher & Rinehart? (b) To what extent are scientific explanations useful in understanding religion? (c) Do myths provide useful or reliable answers to any of the important questions asked by both religion and science?
  2. According to our textbook, how is the study of religion different from the study of subjects such as mathematics or other sciences? How can we best approach our study when religions make claims with which we may or may not agree?
  3. In trying to understand the negative side of organized religion, some people have argued that religious violence is carried out when people misuse or misinterpret their religion. Others, however, argue that the widespread nature of religious violence suggests that religion itself may be the problem. What reasoning and evidence are presented by proponents of these two schools of thought? How does the treatment of indigenous peoples by more dominant religions and cultures illustrate the negative side of religions?
  4. What are two prominent examples of indigenous religion, according to our authors? Describe each depth, with internal citations (page numbers). Provide additional information from an outside source such as How is social media helping to preserve and celebrate Native ways on Turtle Island?

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