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RELN 1100 Test 1
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People study ABOUT religion in order to STRENGTHEN their own faith. Ex: Seminary - Students study scripture and the history of their faith, as well as theology. Basic orientation: "It is true"
The study of religion is approached in the same way as the study of any other aspect of human life. No attempt at assessment of truth of religious claims. Ex: GGC RELN1100
Religion is studied as a branch of human psychology, sociology or politics. May be seen as a useful personal coping mechanism and positive social tool or be viewed negatively as a means of control. Basic orientation: "Religion is a human creation"
Myth and Narrative
Stories about how things began - the world, human beings etc. Ex: creation story and story of Adam and Eve
Explains the nature of human life and purpose. Ex: The Eastern doctrine of karma and reincarnation explains how the soul moves through life and death.
How people should live. Ex: The 10 Commandments, "Do no harm" in several Eastern traditions
Being part of a group with structure and leadership - community. Humans are social creatures - community is a way to support each other and reinforce accepted beliefs and practices.
An emotional connection to a higher being or higher plane. Feeling of connection gives meaning to the other features
Ritual and Material Aspects
Religions have rituals and symbolic items which help people to connect with their faith. These rituals often evoke emotional experiences and connect to important myths and doctrines.
Religious texts often referred to as the foundations of Hinduism. Most ancient hymns and prayers in Hinduism
God of Fire
Associated with a sacred drink (type of opium possibly)
God of thunder and bringer of welcome rains
Theory of origin
Aryan invasion of Indus River Valley 1750 BCE
Scriptures of Hinduism
Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Rig Veda
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