REL 101 Notes Week 2
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hannah Schwenk on Sunday September 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to REL 101 at James Madison University taught by Michael Brislen in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views.
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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