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REL 101 Notes Week 2

by: Hannah Schwenk

REL 101 Notes Week 2 REL 101

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Week 2
Religions of the World
Michael Brislen
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Religious Studies, religion, into to world religions, religions
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Date Created: 09/11/16
Religion 101 9/5-9/9 Christianity Problem: Sin Need: Salvation  Holy Spirit o Connection to God through faith, sacrament etc. o Gives inspiration to people and the church  Father o Paternal, authoritative figure  Son o God Comes to Earth himself as a human o Incarnation  Grace o Allows salvation, Gods Love, moves people to heaven  Church o Traditionally only those in the church can access grace o 1950’s on more open to faith outside the church  Punishment o Inability to accept God and receive grace, sent to hell, failure to pass judgment  Catholic Church o Grace related through sacrament  Baptism  Confirmation  Orthodox Church o Mystery  Protestant Church o Faith based  Pentecostal o Power of the Holy Spirit speaks through you  Revelation o Only way to know God  Angels o Good Spirits o All other spirits are bad o Cosmological Dualism  Christianity o 2 billion people o 1/3 of the population o indigenous Christian population on all continents o 50% are catholic o Most in Global South  Hermeneutics of Suspicion o Be suspicious, not Cynical o Story tellers most likely are sincere and honest about their faith  Myth o A story that is intended to have sincere, special meaning to a community  Scripture o Peoples writing about experiences and events o Official explanation: God inspires people to write o Canon  What writings are officially allowed to be part of the scripture  Old Testament o Jewish Scriptures  Adopted and reinterpreted  Septuagint  46 different books  approx.. 300 BCE (Before Common Era)  New Testament o 27 books  4 Gospels  “Biographies” of Jesus  23 Letters  Paul  Wrote about 50% of the New Testament  Never met Jesus  Most authors were Jewish  None of the authors knew they were writing the bible  Birth of Jesus o Virgin Birth o Not that important in the Biblical Story  Adult Jesus o Wanders o Heals o Performs Miracles o Teaches about the Kingdom of God o Gathers 12 disciples in Israel o Attracts enemies o Executed on the Cross o Resurrection o Ascension to Heaven  Who is/was Jesus? o Jesus is God/Devine o Jesus is Human o Exists for our salvation  Theories of Atonement o Ways Christians explain how Jesus’ death saves us


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