Religion and Truth 1

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Religion and Society In the beginning… Religion is a Force in the World *The power of religion can be seen across time and in every corner of the  world.   *This course will investigate the nature of this power, the various forms it  takes, and what it may tell us about human life as such.  Religion has been responsible for… Inspiring New Visions, Facing Down Empires, Marking Differences,  Inciting Murder, Promoting Justice, Institutionalizing Murder Sanctifying Torture, Healing, Forgiving, Reconciling enemies, Expanding  rights, Marking enemies, Mass Murder Religion Confronts Us *Like it or not, we live in a world shaped deeply by religious ideas,  traditions, and institutions. *Ignoring these is not an option. *But how do we understand the ways religion has shaped the world, and  how can we make sense of its place in our lives today? The approach of this course *Religions confront us as established traditions and forces, but these  religions are expressions of human concerns. *Religions exist (at least in part) because people want them to exist, and  because religions address some of our deepest concerns.   Whether True or Not,  Religion is Deeply Human *The atheist says that religions have all been invented. *The believer says that all religions have been invented—except for one —theirs.   1
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*The atheist and believer agree that most religions have been invented.   *What is it about us that motivates us to create religions, gods, heavens  and hells, sin and salvation?
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  • Spring '08
  • Adamson
  • Religions

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