Lecture 1 01/13/2014
What do we mean by religion?
We can identify elements
Powerful gods: sky, earth, underworld
Sacred places: mountains, rivers
It grows out of humans experiences, emotional, & intellectual
Facilitates making meaning of the world, helping us cope with reality
Strong relation to the natural world.
Truth and the meaning of something have to be understood in relationship to the historical context, the
intention of the speaker, the speakers standpoint, and the paradigm I which she or he works.
Ecological: A researcher has empirical evidence about an ass
Religions and ecology is a good resource because essentials questions.
Lecture 2 01/13/2014
Fallacy of redemption: Understanding his or her faith.
Key concepts on Christianity & Judaism (how you understand?) from chapter 1 & 2 will be on test
Polytheistic nature of antiquity
>Hits home to tens of thousands of Gods”/ while Judaism/ Christianity/ islam montheistic
Function of myths
>Philosopher (mary midgley) not lies, but “imaginative patterns, networks of powerful sy