REL 101 Notes Week 1
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Religion 101 Dr. Brislen 8/29 9/2 Extra Credit Opportunities: Go to any house of worship and write 2 pages on the experience Worth up to 5 points each 1. What is religion? 1.1. We have a popular understanding, but no academic definition 1.2. There is no common denominator between all “religions” that can justify classifying them all together. 2. World Religion Textbooks 2.1. Generalize to save time 2.1.1. Not enough time in a college course to study all religions in depth. 3. World View 3.1. How we understand and perceive the world around us. What roles do we, and everything around us, play? 4. Organization of Life 4.1. How individual must make their choices around a pre existing societal constructs 4.2. First signs 50,000 years ago 4.3. Effected greatly by world view 4.4. Use of Symbols 4.4.1. Burial Shows, common in many cultures/religions 5. Academic Theories of Religion Phenomenology 5.1. Homoreligiousus 5.1.1. Humans crave religion as a unique need that is essential and natural to human existence 5.2. Does NOT try to define religion 5.3. Based off of myths, legends and religious teachings 5.4. Religions are described from the believers point of view 6. Academic Theories of Religion Naturalist/Reductionist 6.1. Religion is a natural, cultural aspect of society 6.1.1. Classified like Politics, Economics etc 6.1.2. Religion is NOT unique 6.2. Historical or Social construction 6.2.1. Freud Psycological 6.2.2. Frazier/Tylor Inaccurate explanation of the world. 6.2.3.Marx Alienates, distracts from serious problems, invention of the upper class 7. 7 Dimensions of Religion 7.1. Stories 7.2. Doctrines 7.3. Ethics/Legal 7.4. Ritual 7.5. Experimental 7.6. Social 7.7. Material ß 8. Hermeneutic of suspicion 8.1. Examine religion with a skeptical view 8.2. Avoid Bias 8.3. Investigate before making decisions 9. Evolution 9.1. Negative Myths Altruism/Generosity will die out, survival of the fittest 9.2. Positive Myths SciFi, humans will evolve beyond fighting amongst ourselves
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