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Intro to World Religions Week 1

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Intro to World Religions Week 1 10600-02

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Domains, Religious Studies vs. Theology
Intro to World Religions: Western and Modern
Cynthia A. Hogan
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worldview, theology




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Danielle Notetaker on Monday February 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 10600-02 at Ithaca College taught by Cynthia A. Hogan in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Intro to World Religions: Western and Modern in Humanities and Social Sciences at Ithaca College.

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Date Created: 02/08/16
Intro to World Religions Notes Week of 01/28­02/04/16 Four Domains 1. Community­ways people worship or meet  2. Discourse­ways people think about God (vocabulary, beliefs, texts, creeds) 3. Practices­ rituals, prayers, preaching 4. Institution­ ways that religions continue Zoroastrianism­ light vs. dark, developed in Ancient Persia, cosmic idea of dualism, (influences both Judaism and Christianity) Primitive religions­ do not have texts or writings “Comparative Method”­ demonstrates which religion comes out on top Theology­ starts from the position of a faith commitment.  “The Other”­ what you are not, the opposite  Post Secular­ so far beyond binaries that define nations Ritual vs Rite Rite­ a single component of a ritual Ritual­ a prescribed ceremonial process How should religious scholars study religions? Scholars should study religions as an outsider to remove bias and preconceived notions  Religious Studies  Uses descriptive methodologies by observing and asking questions  Outsider position  Theology  Tends to use normative methodologies by implying how the religion ought to be studied   Insider Position Theories and Methods Creationism­ created by higher being (deity) Theory/ Approaches  ­Psychological ­Archaeological ­Anthropological ­Art Historical ­Sociological  ­Philosophical ­Literary Analysis ­Feminist Method/Tools ­Interview ­Archaeological Excavation ­Ethnography ­Material/Visual Analysis ­Collect data ­Validate truth claims, systems of thought ­Textual Study ­Gender Relations Analysis Cosmology­ worldview  A culture’s perception of reality  Explanation for the way things are  How do people and society fit into the working of the world? Naturalistic Worldview­ animism, supernatural beings=God/Jesus/Devil/Angels Scientific Worldview­ physical and logical laws are at the basis of how the world works  Relic­physical remains (tissue/bones of humans and animals) Archaeological Record­ funerary materials, monumental structures, texts/hieroglyphics,  cuneiform, images, statues, artwork, coins, pottery, weapons, tools, urban communities, transport systems and cosmetics.


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