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[RLG100Y1] - Final Exam Guide - Everything you need to know! (43 pages long)


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG100Y1
Professor
Arti Dhand
Study Guide
Final

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RLG100Y1
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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World Religion Lecture 02
Theology: the rational investigation/analysis/argument of ideas from ones committed religion
Begins with faith commitment
Our Class: multidisciplinary analysis of religions
We study history of religions
Anthropology/ Sociology/ Philosophy
No attachment to religion/tradition, or it does not interfere with study
Bruce Lincoln: See BB for ideas
Outlines what we aim to do
In our study, we can often be at tension with a religion while we observe it?
Aims of religion and aims of our study are very different
Our job is to investigate the religion and see how ideas evolved or originated
Gender issues
Where we came from
Associated culture
We hae a isoeptio that eligio is’t eally ipotat or prevalent in our lives or society in
general
Something like hair has a lot of religious relativity
Body/clothing
Food (halal, vegan, certain animals)
Religion is a much more abundant phenomenon, not limited to churches. It effects billions of people and
their traditions
If we don’t understand religions then it is difficult for us to understand what is happening in the world
and difficult to interpret the world
We ill e lookig ito a lot of uestios aout hat eligio is et…
History of Religion
Saint Augustine popularized the term religion from the Latin word religio
Religio: To connect or reconnect
Trying to reconnect with something , to bind again
Alludes to a perspective we cannot see
A bridge to a greater reality
September 14, 2016
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Religion in the western region is typically referred to as Christianity
Religion was never used in the plural as Christianity was observed as unique
Islam became a mistaken rival of Christianity
Crusades: When large numbers of European men travelled in armies across Europe to retake the holy
city of Jerusalem from the Muslims
On the way the armies came across many communities and slaughtered or converted them
Some crusaders found more sophisticated cultures/religions and stayed there
In the 13th century, the Catholic Chair set up studies for other religions/cultures
Also sent out missionaries to convert communities
Voyagers would bring back diaries containing accounts of their travels
These accounts became popular in Europe
Many accounts were exaggerated and portrayed cultures/religions in a hyperbolic
fashion where they appeared very unusual
Voyagers would share experiences with each other
16th Century, the printing press was invented and religious information and experiences spread
more easily
Probably let to a more accurate portrayal
Jesuits: Monks that would travel to North America, across Europe, Asia and widely in general to study a
regions culture and religion
Highly literate in multiple languages , smart
Europe gained increasing access to ideas of multiple religions (language, scripture, culture)
Purpose of missionaries and Jesuits was to eventually convert
Jesuits spent more time living with different religions to study them as opposed to missionaries
Some Jesuits became sympathetic with different religions and appreciated others beliefs as
equal to their own and were impacted, but still attempted conversion
Jesuits were at the forefront of missionary activity
Instrumental in translating
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