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Class 1 - Human Spirituality RELS 108-002 Introductions...

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    Human Spirituality RELS 108-002
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    Introductions Course Syllabus Questions to ponder during the course
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 
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    Spirituality Adherents of orthodox religions regard  spirituality as an aspect of their religious  experience. 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.
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    Religion 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.
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    Religion 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, 
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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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