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[RELI 1730] - Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes fot the exam (76 pages long!)


Department
Religion
Course Code
RELI 1730
Professor
Josee Campion
Study Guide
Final

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RELI 1730
FINAL EXAM
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RELI 1730 A Interpretations of Religion: Introduction Lecture
January 5, 2017
WELCOME!
-Looking at the course outline
Priority is to introduce to the academic study of religion. It is a class designed for the beginner of the
study of religion.
-Not a survey course Used to introduce you to the variety of religious traditions and practices/
-Introducing to its main perspective, such as knowledge and specific studies in the field.
Three areas within the larger field of religion studies
What are the major goals, concerns and approaches?
How does one study religion academically
What is religion? How does one define it? Can it be defined given its complexity across the
cultures and different regions?
o Newer forms of religion such as neo-paganism, Scientology
o Australian aboriginal religions, Judaism, Christian, Islam
o Mormonism, Sikhism
o Some of the Chinese religion Daoism, Confucianism and Chinese versions of Buddhism
Most of you some kind of religions exposure to some kind of traditions, you have moved from what you
had your first orientation or may be you know people who practice religions there are many cultural
products in television or movies you have seen religions come as reference. But now we are talking
about the academic narratives of religions and these kind of issues and questions will occupy us for the
next few weeks.
- 3 Areas of Focus:
1. The Academic Study of Religion
-Major goals, concerned and approaches
-What is religion?
-Academic: Objective point of View
-Can/should it be defined. What is the universal definition of religion?
-Different varieties across time and cultures. This is a Big challenge in this particular field of
study.
2. The Major Components of Religion
-What does religion consists of?
-Ex: Sacred objects, religious experience, myth, ritual, etc.
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-Different kinds of each examples above (varying in different religions and cultures)
-How do they work?
-Ex: How the rituals work?
- Gives you illustrations of these different components based on case studies drawn on different
religions of the world.
Case studies:
Buddha
Prophet Mohammed
Shaman as a religious specialist role of Korean Shaman
Myth of Judaism and Christianity
Murti of the goddess Durga, Hinduism
Apache rise of passage into womanhood
Pilgrimage to Mecca
The Eucharist, Roman Catharism
3. Religio’s Roles /Outcoes i the Lives of Idividuals ad Groups
-Does it provide motivation, meaning and purpose?
-What does religion do and how does it do it?
-What are the relations between religion and the society, morality and power?
-Ex: Social interactions? (Authorities and organizations)
-Does it help us bring people together?
-Cohesion
-What different kinds of religious authorities and organizations exist?
-What part it play in social control, cohesion conflict, and change?
-Helps interpret and understand the world around them.
Essential questions of life:
- What happens when you die?
- Where does the universe and humans originally come from?
- -What is the purpose of life?
- How should one live? How should we conduct ourselves with one another?
- -Why do good people suffer?
Religion and society
Religion and power
Religions authority and organization
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