W12-Beliefs and Ultimacy

Patrons of the Arts



Key Course Concepts:

  • transformation
  • ultimacy
  • mysticism
  • monotheism
  • polytheism
  • atheism
  • spiritual reality
  • psychological needs
  • social needs
  • symbol
  • representation
  • myth
  • ritual

Study Questions:

  • How does religion meet spiritual, psychological, and social needs?
  • To what extent does ultimacy govern people’s political, economic, and artistic decisions?
  • According to the author, to what extent do religious beliefs bring people together and break them apart?
  • What are the three different relationships between science and religion?
  • Why are symbols, myths, and rituals important?