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Department
Religion
Course
RELI 2110
Professor
Deidre Butler
Semester
Fall

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Introduction 09/09/2013 Studying Judaism as a lived tradition The problem of Cultural Relativism: “Many who would not think of insulating their own or their parents’ religion against critical inquiry still afford such protection to other people’s faiths, via a stance of cultural relativism. One can appreciate their good intentions, while recognizing a certain displaced defensiveness, as well as the guilty conscience of western imperialism” Bruce Lincoln, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion vol. 8 (1996): 225-27 How would you define religion? Community Beliefs—transcendence History Ethics—guidance Traditions Rituals Laws Worldview: path—logic to the world—questions and answers Relationship to the divine Texts Authority Symbols—chai (life), 18, Star of David, menorah (not channukiah!)—recreated from temple Thinking about Religion: Derived from Latin: lig: to tie, to bind (ligature) –re: again, to repeat Common sense definition: humanity’s response to the divine Jews are understanding of the historical encounter Theology vs. Religious Studies Theology—study of god (traditionally from Christian tradition) Jews don’t think of god in the same w
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