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COMMON PRACTICES IN RELIGION 1 Common Practices in Religion Ross Cox REL/133 – Week 1 Prof: Maribel Rodriguez-Valcasti
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COMMON PRACTICES IN RELIGION 2 Difference between Academic Study of Religion and Devotional Practice and Advocacy The ideology of an academic approach of religion or the devotional practice and advocacy is full of obfuscations. The academic study of religion is commonly referred to the act of teaching about religion. However as with every aspect of human interaction it leaves to the individual interpretation of how the text or teachings are carried out. The academic approach of religion is keyed towards more of psychological study of people, their set of beliefs, institutions, and behaviours. What is the use of trying to assess the truths of the people’s beliefs or behaviour. Knowing the core beliefs of a said religion and a few intricacies seems to be the basis of academic study. Learning an unbiased view, understudies to different religious views without imposing any secular view on them. McCutcheon (2003) believes that academic study of religion is essentially an anthropological enterprise. Imposingly, devotional practice and advocacy is the contradictory of the former. It necessitates teaching of religion. The concept is more multifaceted as it leads an individual to religious indoctrination immolating the teachings or formation of faith (Haynes 2003). It provokes inner convictions to a set of beliefs or practices. In this concept, ways of an individual faith are promoted and vilified in a bid to evoke loyalty and faith to a specific religious view or views. Moreover, one not only forms their faith but also devotes themselves to the ways of life according to the ideology of that religion.
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