RLGA02 – Lec 1
belief structure “dogma” (rules)
authoritative set of beliefs
participant vs “scholar”
religion is about belief
o is about search for meaning
religion is a man-made(human) phenomenon
a belief in god (but this is not generalizable)
Classification of Definitions
why the various definitions?
Hans Penner defined religion as: practices and expressions based on belief in
superhuman beings (super”beyond”; Buddha)
Core Questions for RLGA02
what is tradition?
how is diversity related to tradition?
o “traditions” does not equal to “Judaism”, “Christianity”, “Islam”
basically traditions are more specific than referring to