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Lecture 3

SRS2112 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Jesus, Abrahamic Religions, Constant Contact

Religious Studies
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Shelley Rabinovitch

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SRS2112 Christianity
Things to remember about religion…
not all religions share the same timeline
not all religions use the western calander
some religions use BCE (before common era) / CE (common era) others use BC
(before Christ) / AD (after death)
Christianity tends to be apocalyptic, other religions do not always embody this
theory of the “end of the world, or judgment day”
Christian calendar (CE calendar) starts at 0 -> the day Christ was born
Judaism VS Christianity
in Judaism, Christ is not the Messiah
> Jesus was known as a revered rabbi, but he is not seen as the savior of
the Jewish people
> Jewish people are still waiting for the Messiah
> Judaism also does not have the sense of “original sin” aka every human
being is tainted after Adam and Eve until the resurrection of Jesus
(resurrection washed away the sins of all people)
> Judaism people do not believe that every human is tainted with sin
> around the time that Jesus began appearing, there were already tons of
people claiming that they were the savior
> this is why the Jewish people did not jump at the idea of Jesus
> Jesus was “just another one”
> when the Jews did not embrace Jesus as the Messiah, it was because
information took a long time to travel from place to place
- Jesus became revered because his apposels spread out across
the Middle East to tell others that the son of God was on Earth
Christianity recognizes Jesus as the Messiah
In Christianity, we never see a pictorial representation of God
- Jesus is the face of God
The Western World & Religion
countries such as Canada, US, Australia, France have an embedded religious
ideology in the structure of society
- this is why other religions feel uncomfortable about stating their religious beliefs
as we approached the year 2000, because of the fact that we do not all share the
same religious beliefs, our anxieties about religion were transferred to the use of
- technology has become a God like status
- assumption that stuff that was programed in the 1980s and the 1990s was not
switched to go from the first millennium to the second millennium
- belief that technology was going to fail (hydro systems were going to fail, we
wouldn’t be able to take out money from ATM machines, all technology would
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