Re: Atheism and Religion

Martin Cohen (mcohen@UCLA.EDU)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 18:34:40 -0700

>As a recent lurker here, as one absent from anthropology academically
>for the past four decades, and as a believing, faithful Religious
>Humanist, I'm disturbed to see people professionally involved in
>anthropology raising the issue of whether religion requires a belief in
>the supernatural.
>It seems to me that:
>Religion clearly refers to any set of beliefs and practices held in common
>by a group for the purpose of specifying their common relationship to a
>source of their being (and/or a different life after the end of this one).

And it seems to me that the real debate is between Tylor and Durkheim.