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[RLG200H1] - Final Exam Guide - Everything you need to know! (37 pages long)


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG200H1
Professor
Arun Brahmbhatt
Study Guide
Final

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RLG200H1
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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RLG200H1 WEEK 2: Sept/18/2014
Religion Music Video:
Why did we watch this video?
I losig  eligio. Wee goig to e pullig out the te eligio. It a ea, i losig
 ool, tepe. Itepetatios of ueuited loe.
Video has religious symbolism and images, and about this angel that falls i this ouples ad
but nobody believes them that its an angel and the miracles that surround them is not what
people would expect, and even though this figure is fallen from heaven they dot teat like a
religious figure. There are illusions to this religious imagery. The song and the image presented
show us how we can look at religion in many different ways.
As we analyze anything, the interpretations can be many.
The song lyrics may mean something else to someone and the video may be interpreted by the
other.
Literal losing of religion is privileged.
WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF RELIGION?
Rituals/practices, some sort of relation to a higher power (supernatural) , faith vs. reason (more
emphasis on faith than rationality), betterment of individual, death/after life, self-whole, social
cohesion, attention/respect either inwards or outwards, worldview. These are all characteristics
of religion, but what is the problem with trying to define religious like this?
RELIGIONS? Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Marxism, Atheism etc.
The first 3 or 4 are accepted as religions but not all are considered under the category of
religions.
For instance, with Buddhism the place for higher power is not necessary so there is the case that
everything we think of religion will fall under these categories.
Our main question is to not define what composes religion or what does not, but we will ask
other questions.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO STUDY RELIGION(S)?
Religion is a part of your everyday life and your routine, example, when they sleep and wake up
and their day can be impacted greatly either by belief or rituals/activity and to understand why
that happens study of religion becomes important.
WHO STUDIES RELIGION?
Usig the stud of eligio to guide oes o, ut does oe eed to e eligious to stud
religion? Why would it be beneficial for an insider to study his/her own tradition? Ex.
Christianity should be studied by someone who is Christian. Why? Because by being a practicing
peso of that faith ou… liste agai. If our goal is to learn about other people but if
Christians were to study Christianity then how will we achieve this? if oue so adied ithi
that condition or brought up in thinking about religious traditions then you might not want to
see the historical development of certain phenomenon comes from. There is this question of
who should study religion is not an appropriate question. What we do here is approaching
material as objective as respectful as possible.
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Theology can be academic, systamec and rational as much as study of religion. Main questions
that it asks is centered on truth.
A jewish understanding of text is more/less accurate than christinaity etc. these would be
theologial discussions/arguments but in religious studies, youre takinga step backand youre not
askig ell this is oe tue ut athe FO‘ THI“ goup this is oe tue histoiall, soiall
ad this is h et. fo eligious studies ou dot hae to e eligious to study, but if you are
a iside e ope that soethig that oue ee aised to eliee ight e oe
complicated than that you have imagined and if you are an outsider you may be missing some
things out.
WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THIS CLASS?
We are going to be talking about theories and how various people understood religious
phenomenon. Taking a large piece of data and trying to make sense out of it. Were going to be
analyzing those people and try to figure out how or what elements of those theories are useful
to us or outdated and need revision. So to do this we need a snap chat of the discipline of
religious studies.
His goal is to provide us to introduce various tools in
You have to be open to using a variety of different ways in approaching material. The way
religious is different in sociology or anthropology is that, we can be studying religious texts in
terms of history and also study the texts/doctrines in trying to comprehend in terms of what is
representing as its faith/theology and making sense out of this. This can be done through the
study of religion.
JONATHAN Z. SMITH:
This is a e ipotat atile is ipotat ad all the ateial thats etioed i hee as
paraphrased in the textbook by Nye.
Very first question to determine is in the first paragraph: What is the purpose of the accounts
of Ede ad Cieza?
How do you start reading an article? Intro usually has what theyre going to talk about but not
always it happens so its our duty to figure out whats going on.
Introduction to the reading: what are the accounts of Eden and Cieza? They are people who are
traveling to foreign places and they are primary sources/documents. This is a secondary source,
and smith is talking about these primary sources but why? What does he say about them?
Talking about the generalization and showing us what people THOUGHT, and challenging their
positions and in doing so he is basically setting up the structure of his entire piece. He is
providing us with a history, an intellectual history and takes us through what has happened from
the 16th and on about how these terms have been understood. Based on the title and the
paragraph we get a sense as to what he is saying.
2. WHAT DOES SMITH SAY ABOUT THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE TERM RELIGION?
He sas eligio is to id ad that is ipotat to hi eause oue eig id to these …
3. TALKS ABOUT A SHIFT IN TERMS OF HOW RELIGION WAS UNDERSTOOD ON PG.270-271.
WHAT ARE THE TWO PHASES OF THIS SHIFT?
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