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Lecture 15

MODR 1770 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Pantheism, Crass, Scientific Control


Department
Modes Of Reasoning
Course Code
MODR 1770
Professor
Jai Chetram
Lecture
15

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Lecture 15 - Pantheism Reading
Flagging and Pre-Reading Techniques
Read through entire article
oWithout any annotation
Separate each paragraph of the article
oEach paragraph has a thesis, extract thesis in each paragraph
Number each paragraph 1-23
oEasier to go back to numbering system to find details
Underline main point in each paragraph
Create word document and type out main points in each paragraph
oEasier since excess verbiage is cut
Make list of central concepts
Highlight words you don’t know the meaning of
olook them up in the dictionary
owrite definition in the margin of article
oretype words as a list at the end of word doc summary of article
Break down the article into sections and subsections
Two types of Pantheism
1. Naturalistic: matter
2. Idealistic pantheism: all that exists is ideas
SAMPLE C FOR PASSAGE ANALYSIS
Heaven and Nature – Ross Doughat, Dec 2009
(14 paragraphs)
P1:
Main point: “science fiction epic is a crass embodiment of capitalistic
excess wrapped around a deeply felt religious message”
Avatar: To descent
P2:

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““Avatar” is Cameron’s long apologia for pantheism – a faith that
equates God with Nature, and calls humanity into religious communion
with the natural world”
P3:
“the “All Mother” described variously as a network of energy and the
sum total of every living thing”
P4:
context: “pantheism has been Hollywood’s religion of choice for a
generation now”
P5:
“Hollywood keeps returning to these themes because millions of
Americans respond favorably to them”
“many self-professed Christians hold beliefs about the spiritual energy
of trees and mountains that would fit right in among the indigo-tinted
Na’Vi
P6:
“The American belief in the essential unity of all mankind leads us to
collapse distinctions at every level of creation”
not content with the discovery that there is nothing in the world but a
creation and a creator. Democratic man seeks to expand and simplify
his conception by including God and the universe in one great whole”
P7:
leave everything; everything is important
P8:
Numinous: coined by R.Otto in book “Idea of the Holy” what is
essential is human experience, doctrine prioritizes private human
experience. Product of protestant and believed that religious was a
private affair. Definition; Humans have the capacity to exceed their
consciousness to something more
P9:
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