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Class 1 Bb - Human Spirituality RELS 108-002 Class 1 Notes...

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Human Spirituality RELS 108-002 Class 1 Notes 0. Introductions 1. Course Syllabus 2. Questions to ponder during the course Spirituality Spirituality concerns itself with matters of the spirit, a concept closely tied to religious belief and faith, a transcendent reality, or one or more deities. Spiritual matters are thus those matters regarding humankind's ultimate nature and purpose and as beings with a unique relationship to that which is perceived to be beyond both time and the material world. Spirituality a central defining characteristic of spirituality — is a connection to a metaphysical reality greater than oneself, which may include an emotional experience of religious awe and reverence, or such states as satori or Nirvana. Spirituality also relates to matters of sanity and of psychological health. Spirituality is the personal, subjective dimension of religion, particularly that which pertains to liberation or salvation. Spirituality Spirituality concerns itself with aligning the human will and mind with that dimension of life and the universe that is harmonious and ordered. Spiritual disciplines enjoin practitioners to cultivate those higher potentialities of the human being that are more noble and refined. Many spiritual traditions across diverse cultures share similar vocabulary. Such as the "path", the "work", the "practice" are universally applied to the ongoing discipline involved in transforming the coarser energies present in the human soul into more subtle and pleasing ones. Spirituality 3. Adherents of orthodox religions regard spirituality as an aspect of their religious experience. 4. People of a more New-Age disposition tend to regard spirituality as the active and vital connection to a force/power/energy, spirit, or sense of the deep self. Religion A religion is a set of tenets and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, and human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, or religious law. Religion encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and religious experience. The term "religion" refers to both the personal practices related to communal faith and to group rituals and communication stemming from shared conviction. Religion 1
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Religion is described as a communal system for the coherence of belief focusing on a system of thought, unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine, or of the highest truth. Moral codes, practices, values, institutions, tradition, rituals, and scriptures are traditionally associated with the core belief, and these may have some overlap with concepts in secular philosophy. Religion is also often described as a "way of life" or a Life stance.
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2009 for the course REL 108 taught by Professor Margaretmckinnon during the Spring '09 term at VCCS.

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Class 1 Bb - Human Spirituality RELS 108-002 Class 1 Notes...

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