Intro to World Religion Notes
Intro to World Religion Notes 2001
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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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