RELI 448N Week 1 Discussion: The Study of Religion
RELI 448N Week 1 Discussion: The Study of Religion
Welcome to your first graded discussion of this course. You may begin posting on 10/25/20 for credit. You have two options for this discussion. If you choose option 1, keep in mind your goal. You are to select one of the philosophers: Freud, James, or Jung. You are then to briefly describe their psychological view of religion. Finally, you are to defend the philosopher’s theory as “an” explanation as to the origins of religion.
Notice that I did not say that you are to defend the philosopher whose theory you “feel” is the “best” explanation as to the origins of religion. While you may have a favorite among the three, you might also find that you don’t agree with any of them. But for this assignment, that should not impact your initial post.
As explained in Lesson 1, in this class you are encouraged to take an Etic approach over an Emic one. The Etic, as lesson 1 explained, is the outsider’s view. As the outsider, your focus is look at the theory as presented while avoiding the temptation to include how you might feel about the individual or their theory. While this is something that you might find difficult, accepting the challenge is a valuable exercise.
Try to think of yourself as an unbiased reported, as opposed to someone who is writing an editorial. The good news, however, comes when you have the opportunity to respond to your classmates posts. It is in your responses where you can express your personal thoughts and opinions of the philosophers and their theories. Here is a link to an article that discusses the Etic and Emic. It deals specifically with Anthropology, but the application is the same for Religion. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/culturalanthropology/chapter/two-views-of-culture-etic-emic/ (Links to an external site.)
A word of caution for all, however, is to remember that if you have an issue concerning a philosopher or their theory, make sure you aim your concerns at the philosopher or their theory, and not at the author of the thread. Let’s all work to exercise mutual respect as we engage in all our discussion.
If you choose option two, really engage the question as the instructions encourage you to do. Meaning, if the reasons you choose are important to your world view, don’t be ashamed to share your feelings. I have seen a lot of students over the past two years share from their heart, and the results have always been positive.
There are many reasons to study religion, however I chose two reasons which are Insight into people and Insight into family traditions. In the text, Insight into people defines “Understanding a person’s religious background tells you more about that person’s attitudes and values” (Molloy, 2020 p. 25). It is an important reason of choice because this is how you understand a person’s belief system and their values; it is also how you relate to a person or identify why the person responded the way they do or handle situations in life the way they do. When relating to my current role as a RN field base case manager, it is imperative for me to know as a nurse the cultural beliefs of the patient so I can understand how to apply goals or understand the patient’s belief system which will allow me to share with the medical team so next steps of treatment can be in place for care of the patient. Smith (2017) emphasizes that “Nurses should have knowledge of cultural beliefs, attitudes, and traditions of the patients and families they serve so that they can communicate effectively and plan and provide appropriate, individualized patient care.”
The 2nd reason I chose is Insight into family traditions which are influences and values upheld by your family from childhood (Molloy, 2020 p. 25). When referring to family traditions, it affects the choices made in life as you progress through your adulthood. It is important from a personal worldview perspective to understand a person’s upbringing which can affect how people see things. For instance, my children have all endured celebrating Christmas at school, especially in the younger years of life. The discretion was up to the parent if a child can celebrate Christmas and the belief system behind Christmas. Some children are conditioned to believe there is a Santa Claus while other children are privy that Santa Claus is not real, and their belief system understands that Christmas day is the day that Jesus was born. So, while my children are allowed to celebrate Christmas as a holiday; they understand that we celebrate the day Jesus is born.
Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill Smith N; Pravikoff D; CINAHL Nursing Guide, EBSCO Publishing, 2017 Sep 15 (Nursing Practice and Skill – CEU, cultural competency), Database: Nursing Reference Center
It really should not be that surprising that an increased insight into a person’s religion would be a great benefit on many levels when we find ourselves having to interact with someone. For many people, the impact that religion has on their life is as, or even stronger, than the language that they speak. If we encounter someone who does not speak our language, there are ways we can communicate with them. We can observe their actions or customs, but if we don’t speak or understand the same language, our true understanding of them is going to be quite lacking.
The same is true with religion. In addition to studying and teaching religion, I was once a high school History teacher. When I taught history, I stressed that one of the reasons it was important, was because when we know where people have come from, we have a better grasp and understanding to answer the questions of why they ended up where they did.
Understanding does not necessarily have to lead to acceptance or agreement, but at least it should allow for a fair assessment of the individual and the reasons why they live as they do.
Your analysis of understanding the religion through insight is a valuable addition to experiencing the religion from a personal perspective. Like James’ theory, the factor of “free will” is an individual background that talks about personal values and morals. For RN this factor of insight into people gives a good understanding of the patient’s belief system and you fit it correctly in this essay. The patient’s cultural understanding from the perspective of people and family traditions make the RN more empathetic. Empathy and tolerance are the most needed traits for RN, providing collective characteristics that make an effective RN. This understanding would give a knowledge that is taboo for the patient and avoiding that for sake of patients comfort could be useful. That gave a better opportunity for the RN to applied to their profession and alleviate their proficiency by having a strong emotional connection with the patient, improving the actual medical care.
In the medical field, having this knowledge is highly useful because it forms a strong sense of connection. The patient’s reliance on the nurse is also increased and the patient can communicate better with the patient. I agreed with your statement that the insight provides the necessary knowledge to improve patient care as it empathizes with the patient. The awareness of cultural traditions forms a bond and the RN can apply it to make the patient-friendly and relax. Especially the elder patients that hardly communicate or open up to RN, this factor can reduce the reservation and RN can use this point to care for the patients. This gives better control over the patient and learning to tackle difficult patients through learning about their family traditions. The RN can pivot this knowledge and help the patient in a better way, forming a strong friendship and care with the patient. That will further reduce the chances of discrimination or a biased perspective that often creates an issue for the RN.
The insight about the belief system is a piece of valuable knowledge and in a field where care and empathy are needed, this information can bring the best results. Psychologists, therapists, and RN can take the maximum benefits out of it and they can have improved proficiency in terms of understanding the patient. This knowledge would further increase the connection and motivate the nurse to effectively care for the patient. On a broader scope, the RN with insight about religion on an individual and family basis could prove useful in medical care.