World Religion II Lecture One
David Perley: email: [email protected]
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Religion: shapes our behavior, thinking, ways of judging other things/ or people
in our life, a set of beliefs and practices followed by specific group of people
Has a direct connection to one’s identity, ethnicity and beliefs.
Ideology: set of structures of how we experience the world.
How man thinks he should revere to god.
Different ways of showing faithfulness to god or Higher beings.
Connection to ultimate reality and truth of the world.
God: ultimate reality.
In some religion people wants to be connected to a higher power.
Religion: retying, reconnecting with something
Religion: English word but evolved from Latin.
The idea that English may have about religion, others may have a different views
Religion is not an internal thing, but the responsibilities are far beyond, belief in
God, an ethical handbook
English word: religion is connected to what religion really is.
Classic ways: way of life.
Din: is too limited of an idea in terms of thinking globally.
Way of life is really something that would encompass the world.
The idea of afterlife, and what are the do’s and don’t we must follow while living.
Not always something rationalized and cognitive concept. Sometimes there’s no
moral code or ethical books for example Shinto.
Sometimes we affiliate religion with certain texts.
Christian religions highly believed that if there’s no text, there’s no religion. But
the belied has changed over time.
Why the various definitions: human beings are different, and some of the
assumptions are human made. The diversity of human beings creates various
Hans Penner: practices and expressions based on belief in superhuman beings
Superhuman beings = God/ exceptional human beings. Many of the Buddha
stories qualifies God as exceptional human beings.--> Messiah, Prophet the
most excellent human being, Christ.
Sikhism: have practices based of superhuman. Mystical beyond the human
nature. The example of Guru Nanak
Atheism, Confucianism: is this a religion? But Confucianism has the ideal of
Superhuman and batman: batman is human beings mostly, but superhuman has
something exceptional in them.
Quiz (In class February 11) – 30%
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March 4 , 20%
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Core questions: what is a tradition? Or, what makes a person, practice, or belief
not a part of a