REL 134 Week 1 DQ 3
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REL 134 Week 1 D03 From the reading what are the basic elements of religion Answer Molloy 2010 states that instead of saying there are certain characteristics that a religion must have it is better to list some characteristics that are common in most religions Religion can be considered any manifestation of a combination of these characteristics Some scholars would agree that there are eight common elements to most religions These eight common characteristics are the following N 39 Belief system the shared belief system has ideals practiced by a group Central myths retold and reenacted stories that a people having a shared belief system have One example of a central myth is the events of the life of Krishna the Hindu god Another example would be the experience of enlightenment that Buddha had a third is the exodus of the Israelites from their time of slavery in Egypt another is the story ofJesus death and resurrection in Islam there is the story of Muhammad escaping from Mecca to Medina These are all examples of central myths of religions In this use of the word 39myth39 it is not assumed that the stories are untrue as the word usually implies but it is the common term for religious stories Community the group of people that share the belief system and carry out its practices Ritual beliefs belief in rituals that are made real through the enactment of ceremonies Ethics rules rules and boundaries that determine what behavior is acceptable and what behavior is not acceptable Ethics rules are often considered to be revealed through supernatural methods but are sometimes generated by sociay accepted guidelines of the community of devotees Characteristic emotional experiences some of the emotional experiences commonly associated with religion are fear awe guilt devotion mystery rebirth conversion liberation bliss ecstasy and inner peace 7 Material expression a variety of physical elements that have a presence in religious belief systems and ceremonies These can include paintings statues music chants and musical instruments objects used in rituals incense owers architecture clothing and certain locations 8 Sacredness making a distinction between what is ordinary and what should be considered sacred This perception of sacredness can be noticed through different use of language architecture and clothing Some things that may be considered sacred are actions objects places and people As a Christian the core belief system for my religion is the belief in God His Son Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that was sent after Christ left the world Jesus39 sacri ce is the central idea shared by other branches and prayer and scripture are the sacred aspects of my beliefs Reference Molloy M 2010 Experiencing the world s religions traditions challenge and change 5th ed New York NY McGrawHill
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