Lecture 1 - World Religions Introduction to the Academic...

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World Religions Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion Lecture 1 I. What is Religion/ a. What comes to mind when you hear the word religion? i. Buildings ii. Conflict iii. Community iv. Types v. Belief b. religion covers many things but we need a definition that is common c. religion defined as Ultimate Concern i. that thing, whatever it is, which is more important to a person or a community than anything else in the universe ii. anything is capable of being held as ultimate concern 1. ex. Taking care of family 2. making a million dollars 3. the thing that determines what religion is is the definition a. you need a definition that is broad enough to cover everything iii. nothing is innately religious 1. it is just stuff a. become religious when humans take it to be of ultimate importance to them i. ex. Sacred text is just ink on paper but it become religious because is it someone’s Ultimate Concern iv. transcendent forms of ultimacy 1. particular type of ultimacy 2. reality is considerend multidimensional
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course RL ST 001 taught by Professor Smith,curtisd during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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