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Andre Maintenay

Religion comes from the word religare (latin) to tiebind, to joinreconnect based up the idea that there is something beyond us that impresses upon us in some way that we are connected to W.C. Smith challenges the notion of some essence of religion instead he says religious people because religion is a human phenomenon and it would not exist wo people. Only people can believe in something so we need to watch our generalizations i.e. dont say Islam believes say Muslims believe Faith & Traditions people change and religion changes with them Can believers recognize themselves in your description? If people cannot see themselves in your description of their religion, then you need to revise your description because religion is religious people Insideroutsider debate: do you have to be a member of a particular religion to gain knowledge about a religion or is it better to be an outsider? The argument has been somewhat dismantled cause its not black &white Western vs. Eastern religion it used to be that Western referred to Judaism, Islam & Christianity and Eastern referred to all the other
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