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Hopfe 1- 12 & Smart 1 -32 27/08/2008 10:57:00 Why study religion? Why not study religion o 1 point is - It’s useless, archaic o 2 nd point is - It’s not something you study its something that you live. You might study your own religion, but there is no reason to study others. Why DO study religion o We need to know what’s going on in the world/reality. o The people living these religions. Most religions believe people are important. If people are important then what they believe is important. o Knowing what people believe will make you a more competent person. o Values – a life not examined is not worth living. It’s not enough to say I believe this because it is what I have been taught all my life. What do we stand for and why? What is religions business? o The meaning of life. Aug. 27 2008 Diversity of Religion U.S. Context o Christianity is the major religion 80%-85% Gordan Melton Diana Eck – writer from Harvard
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A New religious America o 1 st largest group Catholic o 2 nd Southern Baptist o 3 rd Protestant o in 1965 U>S opened up with new immigration laws World Context o In the world there are about 6.7 billion people in the word. About 1/3 are Christians. o Next is Islam o Hinduism o Western Religions Christianity Islam Judaism o Eastern Religions Hinduism Jainism Buddhism o Adherents.com states that there are 4,300 different religions Defining Religion
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o Lived religion How people interpret the text and teachings. o Religion is living inside a world view - Smart o Religion has to do with a person’s devotion to an ultimate concern. – Tillich Aug. 29 2008 Micah in the Old Testament Definition of Religion o To do justice o To love mercy (caring for others) o To walk humbly with your God Working definition of religion A person’s reliance upon an ultimate value through which that person finds essential wholeness. Both as an individual and as a person in a community. Religious faith is a life long process of growth and discovery o Growing toward essential wholeness, becoming the best you can be. Those who value or are searching for value are religious. Religious values - hierarchy Ultimate Value – God/Goddess
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Theism – Affirmation that God exist and that it is important. o Most traditional religions are theist. Non-Traditional religions o Ultimate value ≠ God(s) Self – “me-ism” Intellectual pursuit Job/ Vocation Money Famous/ Prestige Chemicals/drugs/alcohol Body image Elements of a balanced definition of religion 1. Intellectual Element o teachings and doctrines 2. Emotional element 3. Volitional element o Ethics and how things ought to be. 4. Relating – Connecting with the community
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course RELI 10023 taught by Professor Lahutsky during the Spring '07 term at TCU.

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Lec Notes - Hopfe 1- 12 & Smart 1 -32 27/08/2008...

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