RLG101H5 Lecture IV Wednesday, May 15 2013
Canadian culture is infused in Christian religion.
Attendance is far lower than
What is considered regular attendance is twice a month.
Field research essay is due next week Wednesday.
Religion is difficult to define
Like a platypus, has several features that are not associated with a feathered
animal. Lay eggs, has webbed feet. Conglomeration of different features.
Different features throughout the animal's body length.
Theorists help us understand an aspect of religion. None has the whole.
Gives us tools to better grasp aspects of this religion
Many theorists = complicated subject matter
Stuart Hill is not interested in the study of religion. He wants to study culture.
Stuart Hall - Popular Religion
Mass Appeal (Consumerism, commercialism, advertising companies)
What people do - Well liked by the masses.
Our Lady of Akita - statue of the weeping Mary.
Statue of David versus the Statue of Rocky - Elites objected the statue of Rocky, and
had it moved to the stadiums. People from lower Philadelphia objected. Aspects of culture are signs of struggles between the elites and commons
Where in particular religion there is a distinct religion between popular culture and elite
Distinction based on clothing? Not everyone in the social service can be of different
social status. (Suits and ties driving a BMW versus t-shirt and jeans driving a Civic.)
What influences our cultural tastes.
Habitus (Pierre Bourdieu) we are