9.a.1. Theories based on an evolutionary premise imagine that man’s belief in God was first expressed in animism, ghost-worship, totemism, and magic. The Rev. Not all scholars have reached this conclusion, however. Sponsored link. Intellectual Origin Theories (i) Nature-Myth School . Wilhelm Schmidt presents evidence of a monotheistic faith being the first religion practiced by men and offers many powerful arguments in support. PDF | On Oct 10, 2007, Janek Musek published The theories of religion and spirituality in psychology and cognitive sciences. Moreover, to maintain, as is sometimes the case, that Freud was anti-religion and Jung pro-religion is to oversimplify their attitudes toward and their interpretations of the phenomenon. Their theories of religion, like those of Marx and Weber, have often been presented as if they were polar opposites, but as will be seen below, they share a good deal in common. Groups of theories on the origin of religion: There are two broad groups of theories about the origin of religion. | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate In all cases psychological theory takes its cue from the emotional problems of men. Psychological theories of the origin of religion take their departure from the work of Sigmund Freud ... but his influence has been prodigious upon those who seek to explain the origin of religion in purely psychological terms. According to scholars subscribing to this view all the great symbols of the world’s religions were personifications of natural phenomena; the sun, moon, stars, storms, the seasons of the year. Some theories on the origins of religion. See chapter III about criticism of these theories of human origin and evolution. For more information, see Creationism or Theory of Creationism, along with the other theories with theological concepts about evolution, study through theology issues such as life, the origin of man, his destiny and, in short, his evolution. Creationism and other religious theories.