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Reik, T. (1921). The Science of Religion. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 2:80-83.

(1921). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 2:80-83

The Science of Religion

Theodor Reik

It is our intention in this review to deal with the analytical work that has been done in the province of the science of religion during the past ten years. At the beginning of this century research into the science of religion took two directions as is evident from the writings of the two exponents on either side, William James and Wilhelm Wundt. The divergence is the outcome of the difference in their views on the essential nature of religion. If there is understood thereby the sum-total of certain rites, rules and laws which may command credit and adherence within a community, then it appears to be a social institution. On the other hand religion may be defined as a behaviour or a definite attitude on the part of individuals towards a divine being, and in that connection their devotion, piety and religious experience may be described.

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