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Methods for the Study Religion; Presuppositions of the Western Traditions

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Religion
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RLG100Y1
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Andre Maintenay

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Methods for the Study Religion; Presuppositions of the Western
Traditions
Reading: Ch. 11 The Nature of Religion,” pp. 541-566
September 22
nd
, 2010.
Ludwic Feuerbach:
Rel igions are essentially projections of the wishes and needs of humanity
Rel igion is a collective dream or fantasy; an escape from the situation in which we
find ourselves ordinarily in the world
Ordinarily we see ourselves as helpless, struggling in the world against the
challenges of life, and we seek to overcome them through the imagination, and we
seek to overcome our worldly problems through the imagination
We tend to project outwards an idealized being of kindness and immense power;
Somebody who can save us and help us
Humanity is not created in the imagine of God, but God is created in the image of
idealized humanity
People seek in heaven what they cant find on earth and what we find on earth is
typically t he prosperity in which we desire, and the kind of equality, justice we
seek in the world, we go to God for it in some idealized world elsewhere
Rel igion is a kind of wishful thinking
During the age of the enlightenment, there was an increasing concern with wanting to
approach phenom ena from perspective of reason and rationality rather than faith and
belief
19
th
century: Science with scientific modes of thinking an increasing concern with
wanting to approach phenomena from the approach of reason and rationality rather than
from perspective of faith and beliefs
Karl Marx:
Saw the origin and development of religion and came to see that religion was part
impartial of a continuing class struggle in society
Society histor ically is categor ized by endless struggles between classes, between
the elites who have possessed the power of production and between the working
classes who actually produce but to do not have the power for responding to their
label
Rel igion is critical to the process of fending off serious revolution, and serious and
radical class struggle
Man makes religion, religions does not make man, religion is the self
consciousness and self esteem of a man who has either not found himself or has
already lost himself again. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature. The
heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions.
His most famous quote:religion is the opium of the people.
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Methods for the Study Religion; Presuppositions of the Western Traditions Reading: Ch. 11 The Nature of Religion, pp. 541-566 September 22 , 2010. Ludwic Feuerbach: Religions are essentially projections of the wishes and needs of humanity Religion is a collective dream or fantasy; an escape from the situation in which we find ourselves ordinarily in the world Ordinarily we see ourselves as helpless, struggling in the world against the challenges of life, and we seek to overcome them through the imagination, and we seek to overcome our worldly problems through the imagination We tend to project outwards an idealized being of kindness and immense power; Somebody who can save us and help us Humanity is not created in the imagine of God, but God is created in the image of idealized humanity People seek in heaven what they cant find on earth and what we find on earth is typically the prosperity in which we desire, and the kind of equality, justice we seek in the world, we go to God for it in some idealized world elsewhere Religion is a kind of wishful thinking During the age of the enlightenment, there was an increasing
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