This article explored psychological perspectives on the following: the reasons for humans’
religiousness, the influence of religion on people’s perspective on life and the importance of
understanding the impact of religion on the lives of people. Theories, including psychoanalytical
and evolutionary answers regarding the origin of human’s penchant to be religious were
discussed. Subsequently, the focus was on the dominant influence of religious notions in people’s
worldview, providing meaning and powerfully influencing their cognitions, emotions and
behaviour. Finally, the importance of nurturing spiritual (faith) development was discussed.