1. Contrast Durkheims definition of religion with those of Animist and Naturist
theories of religion. On what grounds does he rebut these theories? Why is he so concerned
with countering them?
2. In what ways is Durkheim theory of religion profoundly social? How does Durkheim
answer the question, What social functions does religion serve in human life? Be sure to
refer to totems. What is the source of the totems sacred character?
3. In what reality is religion rooted, in Durkheims view? In other words, in what
reality does Durkheim ground religion?