Your critical response essay must discuss both readings. See below for the list of topics and their
respective due dates.
The core question you should answer is: What do these texts contribute to your understanding of 5
In your essay you may wish to consider the following prompts:
What kinds, types or forms of religious experience are addressed in the readings?
Do the two assigned readings agree, contradict or engage with each other?
What sorts of insights emerge from the authors’ approach (i.e. their methodology) to studying
Does the theme (e.g. prayer, sacrifice etc.) or subject matter (e.g. Islam, Buddhism etc.) add
something new or different to your understanding of religious experience?