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REL 101 Notes Week 1

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Week 1 Notes
Religions of the World
Michael Brislen
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Religious Studies, into to world religions




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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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