global religion - Acts of devotion- religious practices are...

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Acts of devotion - religious practices are often designed to draw a people closer to the ideals of a faith by reminding them of their Gods, their values and the principles of their faith as well as important events and figures of their shared history. Religious rituals thus involve many forms of communication with the Gods, or with saints, bodhisattva , and other heroic figures from the tradition, as well as occasions for collective worship in public gatherings of the believers. Although they vary widely, some kinds of devotional acts are virtually universal in the world’s religious traditions. Anticlerical elective affinities -metaphor describing the relationship between ideas and interests of a social group or strata; Latin Americans tend to be catholic versus Muslim or Quaker Belief systems- Bhakti yoga - in Hinduism, the path of devotion to a personal deity; embraced by most Indian followers of Sanatana Dharma; the guy who took out his eye because he saw blood oozing from the eye of the statue; path of devotion to Enlightenment acts; a part of Hinduism; consists of acts of devotional worship and involves daily poojas, expressions respect toward a representation of God in one’s home, a temple or one of the small shrines that dot the Indian landscape; the aim of these rituals of personal worship is to become consumed with love for God and therefore to be intoxicated by a divine vision Bodhisattva - Buddhist messianic element, one who obtains Enlightenment but returns to air others; similar to Jesus and the saints in Christianity, Muhammad in Islam, and the prophets in Judaism; helps to bridge the chasm between heaven and earth in their respective religions Body of Christ- Boundaries- Canon/canonization - the writings declared authoritative for a given tradition; in Christianity, the Old Testament; is part of the bible; a “canon within a canon” identifies portions of the Bible more significant than others; the act by which a Christian Church declares a deceased person to be a saint, inscribing that person in the canon, or list, of recognized saints Civil religion- a religious orientation that emphasizes belief in a generic God and focuses on the sacred elements of a national political culture; developed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Alexis de Tocqueville and is congruent with Emile Durkheim’s understanding of the role of religion in collective life. Growth has been widespread because of: 1) to provide cultural unity among a set of pluralistic belief systems created by population migration or artificially constructed states and 2) as a functional substitute for a religious tradition that was deliberately attacked because of its allegiance with the old order; civil religion in the US is “the religious symbol system which relates the citizen’s role and the American society’s place in space, time and history to the conditions of ultimate existence and meaning” Collective worship- when many people have to congregate to worship, such as Bhakti yoga in Hinduism; in
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Kurtz during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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