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Readings: “Homo Religiosus,” by Karen Armstrong.

“The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,” by Jonathan Lethem

In “Homo Religiosus,” Karen Armstrong argues that religion is close to art, that both religion and

art have “the power to change our perception in ways that we not be able to explain logically but

that seem incontestably true.” Armstrong develops her argument along these lines, insisting that

deep religious truth can’t be accessed by reason alone. Lethem writes about his own ecstasies

as a consumer of art, and likens art to a gift that “the empiricists of our market” can’t understand.

Using both texts, answer the following question.

Is religion a form of art? Why or why not?

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