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Lecture 3

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University of Toronto St. George
Ben Wood

Sept 27, 2012 Coming to Terms with religion: World Religion and its Presuppositions - The author describes religion as: 1. A common and general aspect of humanity (universal) 2. Specific religions 3. Using religion as a description 4. Using it as an adjective - Within the world religions paradigm - Framed in terms of each religion having certain characteristics 1. Major texts 2. Foundational ideas, beliefs, and worldviews 3. Particular histories and leaders 4. A distinct identity - Criticizes the table that separates all the religions and their characteristics Problems with world Religion Classification - Assumes uniformity within each tradition (e.g. all Muslims are the “same”) - Geographical gaps: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, and Shintoism are not the only religious traditions in the world - Denies internal variations within each religion (which may be extraordinary drastic)  Orthodox vs. reformed  Monastic vs. lay  Sectarian variations  Geographical and historical variations - Cannot adequately accommodate “indigenous religions,” because there is too much diversity among them st - Obscures historical differences (e.g. religion in 21 century America vs. medieval Europe) - Privileges classification categories that resemble Christianity (e.g. 1 book, 1 founder, 1 God) - The classificatory categories may play a little or no role in religious experience - Jonathan Z. Smith: “religion is solely the creation of the scholar’s study. It is created for the scholar’s analytic purposes by his or her imaginative acts of comparison and generalization. Religion has no independent existence apart from the academy” World Religions th - The 19 century world religions paradigm -- ima
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