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Religious Studies
Religious Studies 1023E
Corrine Walsh

Religious Reading 2- Important Terms/Key Words Anthropology- the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. Cosmology The science of the origin and development of the universe. Descriptive Reduction- 1.The failure to indentify an emotion, practice or experience under description which subject identifies with describe a religious experience in non-religious words is to mis-describe it. Explanatory Reduction An explanation of a religious experience that might no meet the approval of the religious subject studied. Emile Durkeim; definition of religion “A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, i.e., things set apart and forbidden--beliefs and practices which unite in one single moral community called a church, all those who adhere to them” Functionalism in regard to religious studies, is the analysis of religions and their various communities of adherents using the functions of particular religious phenomena to interpret the structure of religious communities and their beliefs. Genetic Fallacy genetic fallacy is an informal fallacy which is committed in two situations: first, whenever someone argues that because something started out with certain qualities, then it must continue to have those qualities; second, that because something currently has certain qualities, then it must have started out with those qualities…. Absolute infinite Gordon Allport makes a distinction between Mature religion and Immature religion. Mature religious sentiment is how A
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