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University of Toronto St. George
Joseph Bryant

soc250 feb 16 -kings and pharaohs claimed they were sons of the gods or related to them and they would return to them after their death -seems to be a strong connection with feuerbachs reflective theory and durkheims notion of society as god -the changing social imaginary-the changing ways in which people view heavens and hells is going to be formed by the way in which they perceive the existing realm -there seems to be a fundamental distinction between 2 varied forms of how people concieve of the after life 1. anthropocentric- related to worldly human desires 2. theocentric- along the lines of the divine. held by intellectuals and religious elites. paradise is constructed in an abstract sense-it involves being with the divine or reuniting with the divine. they are concerned with the human language being able to communicate that divine -anthropocentric imagines a paradise that conforms with fundamental human desires for pleasure and fulfillment. This paradise is described with physical language- beautiful streams, fertile trees, great architecture, wild animals appear calm and docile. Heaven is what human life would be like if it was free from all the limits of biological existence. It will be an existence in a beautiful place with continuing fulfillment according to feuerbach model. -modern language constructs heaven as a eternal resort. A place where you can reunite with family without the fear of dying etc. -anthropocentric models correspond to mass religiosity. Physical earthly pleasure that they cannot experience but see the kings enjoying -theocentric models are the product of intellectuals who see certain abstract constructions of the divine. For example a continued existence just contemplating the divine. Various corporal limitations are removed (e.g. no sexes). But anthropocentric model emphasis the body being present in heaven. -in each religion one can find movements back and forth between these two positions, as well as continuing co-existence of two-tiered interpretation; one for the religious professionals and one for the masses -theocentric would say physical fulfillments are really symbols (scripted accounts to be taken symbolically) where anthropocentric would say that the scriptural accounts should be taken literally www.notesolution.com
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