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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 29
th
, 2010.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all explicitly trace their or igins back to the same
source, the experience of God, thats recorded by the ancient Hebrew people in the
Hebrew Bible
God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is believed by all traditions to be the same
as the God worshipped by Abraham
Similarities of Christianity, Islam & Judaism:
All traditions have similarities in terms of beliefs, how they define themselves,
conceptualize themselves, family of religionsAbrahamic religions or Western
traditions:
All are messianic tradition: concepts of messiah figure
Monotheistic traditions
Sacred days of worship
Scriptural traditions
Super cosmic being who transcends the universe and exists outside space and time
Supreme being is all mighty, possessing inf inite power to as as being omniscient
Conjecture that human beings are made in the image of this being who is
benevolently disposed to the world, interested in the welfare of human beings
All traditions assert there is some kind of being called God that exists
Emphasize only one god exists (monotheism)
Jewish and Muslim traditions of God is one transcendent
God created the universe within a particular span of time and from t he sheer force
of imagination and will; creation being the handy work of good is not
involuntarily indifferent to good creation; cosmoses was created by God to be
good
God author of time, set in motion the passage of time when he created the
universe
Linear understand ing of time; mark or igins of time for m that moment and it
proceeds in a orderly way; chart our progress extended back from t his line
Movement of time is pur poseful and works towards the time of final ultimate
redemption; at the end of history we have a certain period of judgment; final act
of God apocalypse where time may come to a close
Certain belief in histor y as the sphere of Gods activity; either threw agents
(prophets, mess iah) or personally god oversees and directs activity of human
beings providing laws and guidelines by how human beings guide their lives,
punishes for disobedience
God acts in histor y; histor y is a record of the activity of God
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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 29 , 2010. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all explicitly trace their origins back to the same source, the experience of God, thats recorded by the ancient Hebrew people in the Hebrew Bible God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is believed by all traditions to be the same as the God worshipped by Abraham Similarities of Christianity, Islam & Judaism: All traditions have similarities in terms of beliefs, how they define themselves, conceptualize themselves, family of religions Abrahamic religions or Western traditions: All are messianic tradition: concepts of messiah figure Monotheistic traditions Sacred days of worship Scriptural traditions Super cosmic being who transcends the universe and exists outside space and time Supreme being is all mighty, possessing infinite power to as as being omniscient Conjecture that human beings are made in the image of this being who is benevolently disposed to the world, interested in the welfare of human beings All traditions asser
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