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Intro to World Religion Notes

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Intro to World Religion Notes 2001

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These notes cover Week 1 concepts
Intro to World Religions
Ms. Clare Van Holm
Class Notes
religion, Religious Studies, GSU, notes




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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jasmine Guo on Thursday January 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 2001 at Georgia State University taught by Ms. Clare Van Holm in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 101 views. For similar materials see Intro to World Religions in Religious Studies at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 01/28/16
Thinking about Religion  ● Texts  ­Primary: original texts from religious traditions, original  ­Secondary: Theoretical analysis/interpretations from academia or religious contexts    ● Approaches  ­Etic: Outside tradition; oral history passed among culture prior to writing;text evolved slowly  over generations.  ­Emic: Inside tradition; Traditional religious teaching; the stories in Genesis all came into  existence at same time.      ● Theorist  >Mircea Eliade­proposes religions all share something in common; modern people w/o myth  and rituals have an existential problem= NO SACRED SPACE=NO MEANING    Vocabulary  ● Profane Space: ordinary, mundane world  ● Axis Mundi: a universal center  ● Theophany: manifestation of Gods  ● Hierophany: appearance of sacred/supernatural   ● Cosmogony: Beginning of universe , creation stories  ● Sacred Space: Divine reality broken into ordinary, mundane world, requires social  behavior    Cosmogonies: 4 Purposes  ● Orient Us  ­tell us where the world came from, gives humans a place in cosmos  ● Distinguish between Sacred Space and Profane Space  ­Changes break and alter space=closer to the divine; requires interaction  ● Axis Mundi (World Center)  ­allows for communication with humans and animals;height related to symbolic power  ● Consecration of Sacred Space   ­creation of sacred space recapitulates work of the gods and the creation of the cosmos       Religious Man vs Modern Man  Religious Man​ : humans lived in a sacralized world;specific mythology  Modern Man​ : (secular thinkers); modern humans have grown skeptical about the truth of  mythologies handed down to them   


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