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a picture, description, or imitation of a subject where certain characteristics are exaggerated to create a comic or grotesque effect

Protestant work ethic

religious emphasis on the necessity of constant work in a person's life as an expression of moral virtue

wu wei

Daoist concept of following one's true nature and living such that one's deeds are natural, effortless, and moral

religious Existentialism

version of Existentialism which asserts that existence is the only certainty and belief in God is something we must choose


Buddhist term for the state of bliss offering total peace and freedom from life's pain


belief in one god or almighty deity; religion based on one supreme god


theory that the truth or meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences

Dionysian response

spontaneous, unstructured, creative, passionate reaction

Apollonian response

analytical, rational, objective reaction

leap of faith

Kierkegaard's notion that belief in God requires us to a commit to something that is not absolutely and conclusively proven


Hindu concept of state of eternal bliss that marks freedom from life's pain and stress

point of view

position or perspective from which something is viewed or related


philosophical position denying the existence of God


belief in multiple gods; religion based on more than one god


philosophical position that one cannot know for certain whether God exists or not


Christian theological concept that the course of one's life, including all the choices one will make, is already completely determined by an all-powerful, all-knowing God


philosophical position that all processes, phenomena, and objects/beings can be explained as manifestations or results of matter


purging of a spectator's strong emotions through experiencing tragedy


object produced or shaped by human craft, typically of cultural or historical interest


appearance of truth or reality in theater (stage set, dialogue, etc.)

call and response

musical interaction in which an idea is stated by one voice or instrument and responded to or echoed by others

Socratic method

analytical method of reasoning that asks a progression of questions in pursuit of the truth

secular Existentialism

version of Existentialism which asserts that existence is the only certainty and God cannot be proved

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