RLG332H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Charismatic Authority, Kundun

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Lecture 6 RLG 332 July 20, 2016
The central western myth- the cave
You can map the allegory of the cave onto the matrix
oWant to awaken the world from allusion
Almost any religion can be an allegory to a cave
We want to argue that what we find in scientology is this as well
oThere is the same platonic myth
Can map how religions mapped to the west
In Buddhism, it is an escape through ceasing to create a lot of divisions
out of it
We create a lot of divisions out of it
Eg/ if your friend said they wanted to join Buddhism what would you say? Now what if they
wanted to join Raëlism (where they believe in lots of sex), what would you say?
oSome info on Raëlism
Believes that aliens visited and some of the aliens became prophets of religions
Says that all religions have a deeper meaning and that we must stop paying
homage to false dieties
We have a tendency to group “crazy” religions as the other
In Kundun, the Dalai Lama is represented as peaceful, while Muslims in Aladdin are
“untrustworthy”
The religious other: “Cults”
Buddhists are represented as peaceful, but there are points in history where violence was used
by Buddhists
We create the religious other- said in reading
Cults are attacked as money hungry and manipulative
oEg/ Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre
Horrors like the above, don’t occur all the time but associating all religions with this is
associating their religions as “other”
Judith Fox points out that “cults” are deemed as dangerous
Cults have now become new religious moved characterized with:
oCharismatic leaders
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