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RLG305H1 Lecture Notes - Protestantism, Jerry Falwell, Abhorrence

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Lec 01 - RLG305 Material Rlg - September 13, 2011
Point 1: Implicit to explicit
Point 2: What kinds of materiality
Point 3: How to study these forms of materiality
1. How to study these forms of materiality
How to study materiality
1. Relations btw forms of materiality
2. What people say vs what they do (word vs action)
- When there are different kinds of materiality we look at the relations of the different forms of
materiality i.e. Forms, architecture etc
Point 4: The abhorrence of materiality
In rlg context its not that ppl take advantage of materiality but try to keep away from it
- materiality as a distraction/trap
- Point: idea of rlg vs the material
- Materiality as distraction/trap
Oral Roberts - an evangelical preacher “word of life”
- materiality and embodiment that is disliked and central to what one does
- I.e. Kiss the Virgin Mary statue or Oral Robarts bending down and kissing you -- statue would
be seen as bad
Multi factorial process linking lang, material, image
Picture of Matin Luther
- an idealization
- Publicness (also called framing
- Bold against this theses vs fear of change of societal ideas of that their riches would not allow
for their indulgences anymore
- Building vs these humble text
- ML is replacing the materiality of the catholic church with his own theses
- his materiality came out of a anti materiality of the church
- He thought in his these up in CLOACA (on the toilet) supposedly - or - when he was walking
up stairs in a church had to kiss all the stairs and something would happen - point being all these
- Rlg matters bc is is operating in and through matter *
Picture of islamic text that are person shaped as the text
- combination of person and materiality
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