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RELI 2732 A, march 22, 2012
Today is our last full lecture, next week is review with her, going over things we need. Tibetan book of
the dead video next week as well. Final exam APRIL 13,2 PM (unless you have talked with the PMC). No
class on April fifth.
We have been lookinga t what happens after death, we find these teacing from texts, books,
representatives and interpretors of these traditions. On the other hand, if we ask ourselves, what do
particular people belivea bout death and afterlife, the individuals views can relate to the religion, or
they can not.
There is not necessarily a relation between afterlife and the rest of their belief system. An atheist can
belive in other planes, contuinity, life after death. You cannot NECESSARILY tell what they believe about
life after death by their belief.
The beliefs are not necessary stable in everyone. Events can change your belief. What we say in the
context of a group, may not be what you tell someone one on one.
There have been a number of poles done on beliefs about after life, and the findings are hampered by
exactly those problems. For example, the USA has run high (71%) in 77% in a traditionally religious
country belive in life after death, compared to 26% in a secular country like Denmark. What does this
mean though?
1993, this poll showed that a high proportion of Americans claimed to attend church in any one week.
When they compared the poll to an actual count of people, the poll overstated the attendance by
double.
Does this mean that the US is not as religious as the poll suggests? Or? Is the US a religious culture in
which the acceptable social behaviour is to say you have been to church? The polls are not measuring
religious behaviour, but the cultural values of Americans.
Trying to figure out if people really believe what they say the belive, there is no way to truly measure
that.
Its possibly we act differently beauce of the social consequences of our actions.
Sociological, and literary account of dieing and death.
The eclipse of eternity, tony walter.
-secularization and the terror of death
-secularization Becoming worldly, the turning away from religion, turning towards the practical world of
our senese
-it gives a very good idea of the western view of death
-examines three prominent thesis
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