Do supernatural explanations serve a psychological purpose?

Answer one of the following questions:
Can atheists believe in the supernatural?
Are miracles possible in the modern world?
Do supernatural explanations serve a psychological purpose?
Is supernaturalism essential to religious belief?
The following individuals significantly influenced how scholars think of religion and the supernatural. Select ONE of these individuals and explain how that particular person might interpret belief in the supernatural: 1. Émile Durkheim; 2. Clifford Geertz; 3. E.B. Tylor; 4. Sigmund Freud; 5. E. E. Evans-Pritchard; 6. Mircea Eliade.
Your response should be in the form of an essay that gives a clear answer to one of the above questions. This requires more than a yes or no opinion; your answer should be supported by reasons, evidence, and academic research.
The essay should be based on no less than four academic sources, including one primary source.
Word count: 1,200 words (+/- 10%).
Use Chicago or APA citation styles. Footnotes are not included in word limits for essays and written assignments, unless they are discursive.
Quotations are a part of the word count. Bibliographies are not included in the word count.
Hint: While each of the essay questions is of a general nature, your answer should focus on making a particular case about why the question is to be accepted or rejected. You do not have to address every possible permutation of the question; instead, focus your argument on specific cases and examples. For instance, the claim that supernatural explanations do serve a psychological purpose is made more specific by the argument that contact with the dead (a particular kind of supernatural experience) helps persons feel less alone (a particular emotional need). Similarly, the claim that supernaturalism is not essential to religious belief is made more specific by focusing on one religion, theorist, or classical text.