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Studying Religion

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Studying Religion REL 3170

Religious Ethics and Moral Problems
Ross Moret

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Here's some of the notes from week two- about studying religion and and defining religion.
Religious Ethics and Moral Problems
Ross Moret
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by kelliekinz on Saturday September 5, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to REL 3170 at Florida State University taught by Ross Moret in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 88 views.


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Date Created: 09/05/15
Thinking Through the Academic Study of Religion What is Religion Karl Marx Sees religion as an escape from the distress of the world especially in the lower classes Also sees it as a way that the upper classes can manipulate and control the lower classes Emile Durkheim Sees religion as social Groups meet together based on a unified system of beliefs group mentality is present Sees this as an unconscious act the rituals came first and then later are justified with explanations EX FSU Football game could be seem as a religious gathering We all perform the same rituals and are joined by a common interest Clifford Geertz Sees religion as a system of symbols that are used to establish a mood or motivation in people ethos by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing the conceptions with facts to make the mood or motivations seem realistic J Z Smith I got 99 problems but a theory of religion a int one Says that there is no such thing as religion it cannot be defined Religion is not a native term we came up with it and it can be used in many different ways Religion is purely a human phenomenon Rogers Religious studies needs theology Religion is a social practice and so one must learn it through experience What is Religious Studies Started with the move towards secularization as well as with differences between religious and secular school Assumed facts premises before entering a religious conversation Different goals learning theology vs learning to believe School District of Abington v Schempp 1963 Learning about religion v practicing religion From Reading The academic study of religion is a child of the Enlightenment Enlightenment encouraged thinking for oneself Learning from the outside and staying uninvolved and unbiased Religion was domesticated Moved away from spirituality and truth and towards history and logic


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