ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Bruno Latour, Abrahamic Religions, Idolatry
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
What's really real?
•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
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
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from
◦Is this the Real?
◦Creating categories? Reality?
• 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
◦Aiming to re-link with the real
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