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Lecture 4

ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Bruno Latour, Abrahamic Religions, Idolatry


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT100Y1
Professor
Shawn Lehman
Lecture
4

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Lecture: Religion
Thursday, February 11, 2016
What's really real?
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Lecture Themes
•Religion and the Real
Religion (enchantment) as a link to the Real
Religion as a link to beyond culture and society
Religion and the social order
And (Time permitting)
God and other theisms
Religion in university education
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Genesis ("In the Beginning") (1st chapter of the Bible)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth
Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the
surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the
waters
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from
the darkness
Is this the Real?
Undifferentiated?
Creating categories? Reality?
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Religion: Etymology
Possibly: "re-link"
Re-link what?
Suggestion: reality with the real
All religion is about the relationship between reality (as we
discussed it) and something beyond it
Different religions may be seen as different imaginaries and
symbolic systems
Aiming to re-link with the real
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