Study guide exam 1 - Introduction to Religion Fall 2012...

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Introduction to ReligionFall 2012Review lecture/discussion notes, in-class videos, and all assigned readings from course syllabus. ** Exam 1 will cover “Defining Religion” through “Sociology of Religion: Durkheim and Marx” (please note this change from what is listed in the semester syllabus) **The Academic Study of Religion Descriptive v. normative approaches to the study of religion, anthropology/ethnology, substantive and functional definitions, theory, Abington v. Schempp, Deism, clauses in the First Amendment on religion, academic or methodological agnosticism, hermeneutics, Verstehen und Erlebnis, Malory Nye’s discussion of the category “religion” and problems with the “World Religions” approach, naturalistic explanations of religion Origins Seekers: F. Max Müller, E.B. Tylor, and James Frazer F. Max Müller, E.B. Tylor and his definition of religion, natural religion, James Frazer and his definition of religion, magic, religion, science, theory of survivals, Charles Darwin, animism, totem, taboo, intellectualist approach to religion, ethnology, theory of the psychic unity of the

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