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Religious Studies 1023E Lecture 2: Significant Contribution to World Religion: Lecture 2, Sept 19

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Religious Studies
Religious Studies 1023E
Jonathan Geen

Significant Contribution to World Religion Sept. 19 2016 How Did We Get Data? o Scripture o History o Careful on how scriptures are given generation after generation o Archaeology o History o 3 Person Reports o Modern st o Those who have actually seen or been through, third person’s POV o 1 Person Reports o Modern o Invite someone from another religion to come ‘safely’ and give a summary of what they believe and why Sir William Jones o Born into a family that didn’t have much money in England, 18 Century o Not much availability to get an education o Sponsored by a rich person o Language ‘maniac’ o 12 years old, fluent in Latin and Greek o Couldn’t make a living from the languages, so he became a Lawyer o 1783, British were engaged for India to become British o Being British meant that they’re more interested in resources, and money ▪ He wanted to learn more about language o Became a judge for the Indian court ▪ Did it to make money o By day he’s a judge, by night he’s learning languages ▪ Learning Sanskrit • Said Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, Persian and German were all related with one another [Indo-European] o Similar grammar, and vocabulary ▪ Beginning of Linguistics ▪ Learned mythology • Greek gods and Indian mythology were similar • Cognate o Two words that are derived from the same word ▪ Example: gods of the sky • Zeus [Greek god] • Dyaus [Indian god] o Spread of Indo-European Tribes and Languages ▪ Linguistic studies • Turkey, Persia, India, Greece o Died in India o He wasn’t able to spread his legacy further Significant Contribution to World Religion Sept. 19 2016 German o Germans were fascinated that the German language and Sanskrit language were closely related o Madly started to learn the Sanskrit language o Conclusion: There is a connection o Aryan = Noble o Germans were from the same place o Cognate for Iran o The authors of the earliest Hindu Sanskrit texts o Svastika o “Svasti” ▪ Good luck, prosperity F. Max Müller o Religion is not going to die away because it is inherently born into every human being o Faculty of Faith ▪ Argued that unlike faith, no one is born with language, it has to be learned o Left Germany and studied Sanskrit for a while o Became a Professor at Oxford University o Things that Müller Did: o Science of Religion [Comparative Religions] – World Religion ▪ He predicted that there can be a science of language ▪ Linguistics is doing well and science of language can be learned over time • There can be a scientific study of the comparatives of religion in Linguistic study ▪ Learning Scriptures as they are the oldest versions of any language [religious texts] • Not learning religion, learning the language ▪ Argued that they have access to all Scriptures, and languages for different parts of the world ▪ Objective side of learning religion ▪ Sanitary and safe • Doesn’t meant you’re going to move away from your religion o General Editor of Books ▪ Sacred Books of the East [50 Volumes] • Travelled to India, Persia, Grava • Anyone could get the book and learn them • Everyone had access • Interesting philosophy, people were becoming interested ▪ Translated bunch of Sanskrit books in India ▪ Few criticism Significant Contribution to World Religion Sept. 19 2016 • A lot of people engaged i
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