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One of Huston Smith's insights about Spiritual Personalities is that none of these personality types is without a great challenge.
It is appropriate, in an on-line course, to attack another person's faith or religion, since you are not face to face.
"...generally pay no heed to any sense of solidarity in creation. (They) see man and nature as distict, while attributing god-like qualities to natural objects."
"...the belief that man and nature were created by one supreme God...God is personal, but totally apart from his creation."
"An appearance of God or of a god to a human; a divine manisfestation."
"The depiction or conception of man as having the form of a god."
"...man as supreme in the universe...Man, in the last analysis, is his own savior. ...They see nothing beyond death except total extinction."
"The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions."
Religion literally means: "to link back." The word is related to ligaments, the connective tissue of the body. So, by definition, religions need to "link" to something...a founder, usually, or a form of religious writing but something that links them "back" to something else. By definition, it would be literally impossible for someone to "have their own religion," but one needs only hang around skiers or surfers for a while to find out that many people believe that they do indeed have their own religion.
Both Catoir and Smith spend several chapters on the discussion of "Henotheism."
This story is often used in Religious Studies to help understand the problems of language and faith.
According to this reading, problems and mysteries are the same thing.
According to this reading, understanding the growth of a particular religion may be extremely complex.
"Theodicy" is an issue for monotheists, but not for polytheists.
True or False: By definition, a monotheist can NOT believe in theomachy.