RLGA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Polytheism, Monolatrism, Satan

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28 Mar 2013
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Religion Lecture 2 Notes
- “Afterlife” – western religions
- Might call upon different gods or dieties depending on a certain function
- Doctrines are based on interpretation not solely on facts that are just presented
- Religion is not just a set of beliefs/doctrines
- When it comes to religion, you do it not just think about it
- There’s an intellectual component as well as hands on.
- Essential component social idea of community
- Religion as an individual set of rules but you’re not religious without a community
- Individual spirituality is followed by being social
- Morality If I don’t have religion I can’t be moral?
- Atheists can’t be moral? Incorrect
- Focus is a human context not a divinity
Scriptures
Rituals
Ideas/symbols
Artifacts
Published -> oral presentation
- History is the creation of the scholar’s imagination
Judaism: definition and classification
Diversity jewish traditions
- Inherent diversity; comes on lots of levels
- Earliest jewish traditions is tied into agriculture Abrahamic times
Ancient Israelite religion linked to the temple
- 70 CE romans completely destroyed temple
- Monolithic no difference or diversity
Rabbinical tradition
- Interpretation is the fuel
- 21st century -> orthodox jews
Being jewish
- May be secular
- Does not define religion
- May be ethnically/culturally jewish but not religiously
Monotheism
- Love ONE god
- “Yahweh”
- Monolatry as long as people exclusively follow one God even though the others may be real
- Reject polytheism
Torah refers to different things
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There"s an intellectual component as well as hands on. Essential component social idea of community. Might call upon different gods or dieties depending on a certain function. Doctrines are based on interpretation not solely on facts that are just presented. Religion is not just a set of beliefs/doctrines. When it comes to religion, you do it not just think about it. Religion as an individual set of rules but you"re not religious without a community. History is the creation of the scholar"s imagination. Focus is a human context not a divinity. Earliest jewish traditions is tied into agriculture abrahamic times. Ancient israelite religion linked to the temple. May be ethnically/culturally jewish but not religiously. Monolatry as long as people exclusively follow one god even though the others may be real. Hebrew bible -> 5 books of moses. Refer to all literature that has been interpreted in judaism. Living life according to torah in terms meaning intellectual and spiritual context.

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