Understanding Why People Need Religion
Takes a look at psychology to understand why people need religion.
This paper examines the psychological aspect of religion, concentrating on the works and experiments done by several well known psychologists such as Carl Jung. Experiments include the theory of the subconscious or the human psyche and their role in religion.
“What is religion? This is a question that begs to be answered. Is it possible that the religions of the world all stem from the fact that humans do not fully understand their situation? Is it, quite simply that we are not sure why we exist, where we came from, what we should live for, or what will happen to us when we die? Could it be that the question, “What is religion” is synonymous with the question, “What is the meaning of life. The answer to both these questions always seems to be just out of our reach, but we continue to search, journey, and quest to find the answers because we seem to intuitively know that there is more to life than meets the eye. It is a mystery that surrounds us and envelops us. At times it seems to be outside of ourselves, something surreal or otherworldly, but when closely examined the mystery can also be found within ourselves. In fact, there are frameworks of belief that point to the inner workings of the human mind as the origin of these mysteries of religion and meaning….”