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RLG101H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Music Of Canada, Mongrel, Hybridity


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG101H5
Professor
Kenneth Derry
Chapter
2

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RLG101: Introduction to Religion
Lecture Two- Culture
“Religions”
specific tradition
“world religions” approach:
-separate, distinct
-classification: texts, idea’s, founders, histories, rituals…
Problematic
Simplistic (ex. Buddhism as a single tradition - no overlap or influence between traditions -> no
syncretism)
Exclusionary (ex. omit Indigenous religions - global, not local)
“Religion”
general and universal
many different definitions (rituals, beliefs, community, ethics, god(s)
participation in specific traditions is not necessarily required
-nationalism, sports, film, politics... or religious atheists?
SPORTS (NYE 15-16) athletes as cult heroes, worship teams, sacred space, mysticism and magic
“Religion begins with the quest for meaning and value” (HUSTON SMITH)
“Religion is a system of beliefs and practices relates to superhuman beings” (J.Z.
SMITH)
“Religion is anything that involves non-falsifiable realities” (JAMES COX)
-non-material: gods, salvation, soul, love, evil, morality, meaning…
Problematic
“RELIGIONS” “RELIGION”
PRO
S
clear definition
good starting point
broad, inclusive,
flexible
CON
S
ignores diversity
excludes some
traditions
many definitions
excludes some
traditions
many definitions
language issue
-different meanings (ex. Dharma, Shuukyoo)
-no word (ex. some Native American’s)
power issue: ex. Indigenous traditions defined
Definition
part of culture
what people do (<- not the definition, form of data to measure)
need to ground study in material data not in transcending “truths”
avoid assumptions about what is or is not religious
-CAN everything be “religious”? YES depending on definition
-IS everything “religious”? NO depends on context and relationship (ex. wine, rocks, diarrhea)
Culture
1. shared system/way of life
-ex. Canadian culture, hip-hop culture…
-Hall: culture = everything! “what people do”
SOMETHING IS LIKE
RELIGION VS.
SOMETHING IS
RELIGION ->
BASED ON THE
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