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Lakeland College, REL132 Lecture, Week 10 (RAAC pages 204-228; TGC cpt. 7) Overview: Synthesis, Students will Learning Outcome 1: gain perspective on the four “Acids of Modernity”. Learning Outcome 2: answer, “Why Can’t Reason and Scientific Discovery Rid People of Original Sin, Self-Centeredness?” Learning Outcome 3: familiarize themselves with Islam. Learning Outcome 1: gain perspective on the four “Acids of Modernity”. 1.1 What is a Sensate Society? In Marsden page 205, he refers to Pitrim A. Sorokin’s a “sensate society” when Americans identified with what satisfied their senses-materialism, hedonism, sensuality. This resulted in four acids at the end of 19 th century eroding traditional Protestant and even general moral values. Note the four Acids on pages 205-206: ACID 1 -Satisfaction of the senses, ACID 2 -Materialistic Civilization (philosophically & practically) ACID 3 -Consumer Culture (no longer produce culture) ACID 4 -Sexual Revolution (Sigmund Freud gave credence “scientifically.”) 1
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Lakeland College, REL132 Lecture, Week 10 Note the many literary figures on pages 208-210 that captured the mind and soul of American culture as Protestantism failed to give a clear message while, Pluralism and secular humanism increased. In 1932, Carl Becker best captured the disenchantment with traditional Protestantism with his book The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers . Read his excerpt describing the post religious and modern scientific milieu. (Read excerpt page 210.) 1.2 Video-John Dewey, Pragmatism as the new American Religion An outcome from demythologizing culture of Biblical religion using science and evolution was pragmatism. John Dewey encapsulated this for education and culture at large. As Marsden aptly describes Dewey as “having a
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