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Week 6 Hums notes

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Week 6 Hums notes Rel 108

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Date Created: 10/03/16
Hums. 108 Week 6 Notes Use of symbolism in the life of pi -Describes how stories shape use -Can it be true if it didn't happen the way you thought it did? -Can you believe in go if you believe in multiple religions ? -Does evil exist? Questions about stories What is the significance of stories in the life of pi? What is the purpose of stories in our lives? In religion? Pg. 28 & 64 Do people believe in religion - and sometimes fiction - because they tell a better story? A more magical story? What stories have been significant in your life? How have they shaped you? What is the story that shaped Pi's father's life? P.74 **Write down how your background, morality and religion has been shaped by stories in your life? *** Religious stories: give our lives meaning; helps thru times of trouble; form our identies; help our conscience They use Metaphor Allegory Symbolism Puns Poetry and poetic language to describe the ineffable -layers of meaning-- you can always dig deeper First layer for children What is allegorical and what is historical (confusion arises) Ninivah is real but is the sea monster real? Religion and zoos-- moving beyond our own stories Well meaning but misinformed people think animals in the wild are "happy". What does freedom mean? And animal being able to pick up and go What is Pi comparing captive and "free" animals to? Humans and religion, free people don't have religion and people with it are captive or constrained (represents people out side religion) Illusions of freedom** Animals don't have freedom of their own though so is it fair to compare humans to animals? All animals have a certain madness that can be saving Why do people move? Why do people change religion? To discover something better When a tragedy occurs in their life you Can one follow different religions? Yes, must religions are point to one thing with small differences If you're seeking truth you can find it in multiple religions How can we let ourselves into a religion? Be open minded Let go of what you know How can you find the way if you can't see the path? Have faith Mystic experience (Sufism) Faith in God based on love not fearing Rumi (famous mystic) Best selling poet Insider vs. outsider Is it possible to study religion from an objective point of view? There's no real way to be objective. Quiz +Taboo- to make separate +Axial age, sacred is not only present in the finite or profane but also transcendent of it. +Sacred; Sanctity and defilement +Rundolph Otto; The idea of the holy +Mysterium tremendum; wholly other +Micrea Eliade studied difference between sacred and profane +Heirophany; manifesting the sacred +Axis mundi; center of the world +Mandala shows perfection in us +Pis father has faith in progress and tech +Pi’s love for his prayer rug -its cozy -earth is Gods creation and it’s the same all over +Pi thinks there was an explosion that caused the ship to sink +Orange juice came to Pi as the Virgin Mary +Orange is the color of Hinduism +Pi mentions there being one God on the lifeboat +Rabbi Sachs think religion can help groups establish trust in groups +The rabbi agrees with Girard, ancient stories are about sibling rivalry +Rabbi thinks God loves both brothers in different ways +Sufis; mystic Muslims +Religious insiders are bias about their religion and usually don’t know much about it.


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