Lecture 5 World Religion September 25, 2013
Tutorial Reading: 142 (read pages, no response)
Tutorial Response for Friday: 4575. Prepare a short response.
Structure for the response: One page response paper, identify which aspects of
the reading you consider important and why. Be prepared to share these with others in
your group. You’ve learned something from it, intrigue you, things you find interesting.
Very short summary. Pick up on the major points that the reading has made and engage
Phenomenology of Religion: We do not want to look at what is religion and what
it studies, but rather we should focus on the phenomenon of religion in societies. Involves
a few basic elements: want to combine an objected description of what were discussing
Etic. We also want to look at an Emic description so that we can look at the insiders
History of Religion: What we do in religious study departments today, one of the
leading thinkers in this was: Eliade. Various scholars have advanced the thinking but it
derived from Eliade.
Bruce Lincoln: What does it mean to study History of Religions We apply a
historical value to the idea of Religions he also says, to do history and to do religion are
different so the relationship between a historical way of viewing things and a religious
way of viewing things are quick different. Religion is speaking of great and internal
things but also claiming that authority of great and internal. History in contrast speaks of
things temporal and terrestrial and in a human voice not internal authority. It is based on
rigorous critical practice which means examining things in a critical eye. It deals with
things on the ground and its claim to authority is in close critical examination of the
claims that religion is making. History is the opposite of religion. History of Religion To
do history is to not accept at face value claims of religion but insist on study on history,
institutions, religions between different elements in religion.
**Name of the article: Theses on Method by Bruce Lincoln
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