Lecture 2 - Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion...

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Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion Lecture 2 II. Relationships between religions A. Talk about one in the same just with different ways a. Focus on the commonality B. All address certain fundamental human concerns but each religion addresses them in a variety of ways a. Focus on the differences b. This is what we will focus on III. Five functions of Religion A. Happiness a. Everyone wants to be happy b. What is the basis for happiness i. Internal or external 1. not correlated with external things 2. internally based a. can only fill inner emptiness by something internal b. does not come and go, it is always at a constant level c. can’t buy this kind of happiness B. Meaning a. Unheard Cry for Meaning i. Jewish author ii. Interviewed 60 college students who attempted suicide 1. “Why did you try to kill yourself?” a. Life was without meaning: most were socially active, did well in school, good family relationships i. Despite outward affluence, a deeper core of meaning was still missing
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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 Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Lecture 2 - Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion...

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