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Introduction to Religion
Walter Hurley Conser
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ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION           1 ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION Muzala Nelly Shimukowa PAR 103, 11/04/2015 Professor Walter Conser ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            2 I went to the University of North Carolina in Wilmington Catholic Campus ministry. I attended a th service on the 18  of October, 2015. I am using the academic study of religion to study and view  the religious service I attended there. There was no magic used in the divine service. Forms of the Category of the Holy  The service started in the evening at 05:30 pm. A prayer was said to the Lord. They are a  monotheistic religious group because they prayed to one God. Religious Language  The words used in the service were from the Christian Bible. The service was conducted in  English. Features of Religious Language  The reading came from the book of Mark. The father of the Church explained to the  congregation how we should all learn to follow Jesus example and be ready to follow him. He  related the message of that Sunday to today’s world. We must not be afraid to follow Jesus  wherever we are or go. Symbols  There are some symbols that I saw in the religious worship service. There was a cross at the  altar and one on the wall. This church is not iconoclastic because they have no opposition to the  depiction of the holy in art.  They used symbols in their prayer, and during the service. Symbols are used to explain more  ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            3 about what the preacher is talking about. It broadens the message of the holy words passed to the members of the church.  Although symbols are used in this church mistakes will occur because the holy is an unknown  experience. Ritual  This religious service was open to the public. There was no special event or occasion taking  place. Once people sat down the service was already about to start. That was the time to prepare  the spirit for the service. The one who led the service was a male father. Most of the males were  assigned roles in the service.  But there were also some roles assigned to a few female females at the congregation. Training is provided for all the people who want a leading role in the church. Religious ways of speaking and knowing Religious Language  The religious words used in the service were double­intentional. For example, the leader of the  congregation gave a story about Jesus and his disciples. He said that the disciples were also  students of Jesus. We must all learn from our teachers and follow what their teachings. Leaders  in our lives will help strengthen our wisdom and understanding.  The words used from the bible text were also metaphorical because Jesus explained so many  things to his pupils but they did not understand. He told them about his father and he was talking  ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            4 about God in Heaven. His disciples were never always sure what he was talking about or what he meant when he said his Father. Religious Language is Evaluative  Through the bible, church members were able to draw themselves closer to God’s word. From  the message people could believe and have faith in God. Religious Language is Revelatory  The message from the bible provided teachings in our daily lives. The beliefs read during the  service gave us spiritual strength and understanding of the world. Scale of Ritual  The service was not so formal because there was no special ceremony taking place.  Announcements were passed before the service had started. The father of the church also  prepared himself by separating himself from other people and getting ready for the service. This  ritual is repetitive. For instance, the service takes place on Sundays, and in the same way. But in  a structured way for all members, this ritual does not have spontaneity or random change at all  times. Ritual as Social The church has rituals that are performed by the believing community who have faith. For  instance the Catholic members during the service say prayers as a group. Ritual and Identity ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            5 Every group member is seen as an individual but also as a part of the church/ holy family. An  example of this is situations where in the church there are well to do people and others that are in a tight space of the economy. Ritual Purposes of Ritual Purification By asking and confessing sins in the Lord’s Prayer all congregants are spiritually cleansed or  purified. Supplication A petition to God is made through requests, prayer and seeking his help privately and publicly.  Some members of the church pray together and a few pray privately. Thanksgiving People during the service offer tithes to God, the creator. Sacrifice Many congregants try to keep their minds clear and hold their schedules to visit God’s house. Ritual pattern Separation ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                           6 All people who walk in for the services come together as one holy family/church. Many are  welcome for the service. Transition Books are provided to many congregants to participate in the hymn and song praises and  worship. Members all feel equal and a sense of togetherness. Incorporation/Reincorporation When mass has come to an end it is not incorporation but re­incorporation. The father of the  church sends us all back home. Types of Ritual Status Elevation The father of the church walks to the altar and bows before the throne of God in heaven  presentationally. This is a form of status elevation because he is lifted higher from a lower  position. Periodic Ritual This religious ritual is periodic fir it occurs every week of the month. Scripture Scriptures as Authoritative ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            7 The words used in the text are seen as revelations; they disclose something of the holy. They  give us more detail on holy scriptures and stories. Scripture as Revelatory As the word is given, it is applied according to life situations and circumstances. The words are  seen as manifestations of the holy. Holy Communities Religion and Politics The church I went to is a voluntaryism. The church sermon was not interrupted by any political  groups. Religion and Gender Sexual Identity There were some roles given to women in the service. The women pass on announcements and  sing as a group. The religious service is performative; there is a change in status. All members are now part of the same group. The service is offered to everyone at the same time. But once people leave more  differences can be seen because some students drive back home, others bike back to the dorm  and a few walk back to their respective short destinations. ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                           8 The father of the church explains the parables to the congregation as how humans should live.  The sacred story he preaches about he further uses it as an example for morality. That we must  live our daily lives as children of God. The father of the church explains the scripture in a way that many people will understand. He  uses the word to explain to the congregants what is really important for Christians to believe in. Analogues The symbols in the church presented a likeness to what was drawn. The art work depicted Jesus  on a cross and his mother Mary by his side. The church allows new people to join them. You do not have to be a part of the family in order to be a part of their church. Sacraments Sacraments are symbols that make what is symbolized present. The Holy Communion is a  sacrament because the holy is made an embodied presence through the bread and wine as the  body and blood of Jesus Christ. Religious ways of speaking and knowing Religious language is double­intentional The church is double­intentional. It is a building that is the house of God and a place of  gathering. ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION                                                                                            9 Religious language is metaphorical The religious speech given is metaphorical. This is so because the information passed to us is not known to us but given to us by the apostles of Jesus. Scripture as revelatory The scripture is revelatory. It is revelatory for it provides a story for organizing reality as well as  guides for living. In the Lord’s Prayer as we pray to God we ask for forgiveness. This is a way in religious  language for supplication and purification too. Signs The signs in religious language are conditions or events that reveal God’s power. Miracles are a  sign. The father explained to the church that miracles are mighty acts of God. It is a miracle that  we wake up each day because God is the only one who understands everything that takes place  and the reason why it happens to us. God is the reason for going to church. Christians go to the Catholic Church and worship God to  thank him for all that he has done in their life. The services are scheduled on a regular basis. The  father explained that God uses his students or religious workers to pass his word to his people.  The ritual is not repetitive. It is structured.


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