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Dimensions of the Sacred- An Anatomy of the world’s beliefs

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Dimensions of the Sacred- An Anatomy of the world’s beliefs RELI 10023-011 (30004)

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These are notes covering our first reading- "Dimensions of the Sacred- An Anatomy of the world’s beliefs"
Understanding Rel: Communities (Lecture)
Elizabeth Flowers
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Catherine Notetaker on Monday January 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to RELI 10023-011 (30004) at Texas Christian University taught by Elizabeth Flowers in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 28 views. For similar materials see Understanding Rel: Communities (Lecture) in Religious Studies at Texas Christian University.

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Date Created: 01/18/16
Dimensions of the Sacred: An Anatomy of the world ’s beliefs eopche­ suspension of belief ­ ­ phenomenology­ attitude of informed empathy, tries to bring out w hat religious acts mean to  the actors ­ schema has a double purpose ­ provide a realistic checklist of aspects of a religion so that a description of that religion or a  theory about it is not lopsided (achieve balance) ­ give a kind of functional delineation of religions in lieu of strict definition  ­ term to stand for the object of religious practice and experience of a religion­ focus (plural­  foci) ­ It does not define religion to say that there is a focus  ­ using  “focus” allows us to talk about worship and other activities in meaningful ways  without having to comment on whether there is a Vishnu or a Christ  ­ 7 Dimensions ­ ritual/practice ­ worship, meditation, pilgrimage, sacrifice, sacramental rites, healing activities ­ doctrinal/philosophical  ­ for different reasons, religions evolve doctrines and philosophies diverse traditions put  differing weights on the differing dimensions ­ religions aren't equidimensional ­ mythic/narrative every religion has stories  ­ ­ history is the tradition that takes the place of myth elsewhere ­ the version of history taught in a nations schools is not only a major ingredient in the  national sense of identity, but enhances pride in  “our” ancestors, “our” national heroes ­ experiential/emotional ­ certain experiences can be important in religious history ­ (conversion of paul) ­ they or associated emotional reactions to the world and to ritual are everywhere more or  less dynamic, and have been studied extensively ­ ethical/legal ­ a religious tradition affirms not only a number of doctrines and myths but some ethical  and often legal imperatives  ­ the degree of investment in ideal human behavior varies between religions  ­ in modern national states, certain norms of civil behavior tend to be prescribed in  schools ­ organizational/social ­ any tradition will manifest itself in society, either as a separate organization with priests  or other religious specialists ­ imbedded in a social context, a tradition will take on aspects of that context  ­ material/artistic  ­ a worldview will express itself typically in material creations, from chapels to cathedrals  to temples, icons, divine statuary to books and pulpits 


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