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Methods for the Study Religion; Presuppositions of the Western Traditions

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University of Toronto St. George
Andre Maintenay

Methods for the Study Religion; Presuppositions of the Western Traditions Reading: Ch. 11 The Nature of Religion, pp. 541-566 September 15 , 2010. The history of religion is the history of European cultures Christians understood themselves to be practicing what they took to be religion Early theories of religion also wanted to understand religion in a scientific way, a way detached from the religions presentation of itself, and were interested in observing religion from the outside, through what they saw as the lens of reason & observation & scientific method Started a line of religion from a primitive line of belief to the apex of religion, which was considered to be monotheistic religion, while coming out of the biases of the Christian world, the western world monotheistic commitments. The biases emerging from the period of the enlightenment: Concerned with the application of reason The application of scientific method to all phenomena Two of the major factors influential in forming religions in the west: 1. The discovery of other cultures, religions, ways of lime (period of the enlightenment) we aware there are others in the world who think differe
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