Notecard Notes - 1. Awe Before the Sacred Believers in a...

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1. Awe Before the Sacred – Believers in a religion have conflicting feelings toward what their religion deems sacred. They are both fearful and fascinated. The reason for this is, what is deemed sacred by a religion possesses a special significance to that religion. Things that are deemed sacred vary by potency. Things that are not very potent with sacred significance do no generate the king of fear or fascination as something that is very potent with sacred significance. In each religion, objects are not identified as sacred because of any scientific or rational analysis. Instead, they are simply deemed sacred by a particular religion. An example of something deemed sacred but is not very potent in sacred significance is a spirit expelled by a sneeze. This spirit does not command much awe other than the phrase “bless you.” 2. Expression of Anxiety in Ritual – In all religions anxiety is a common motivator for rituals. Where there is some unknown factors or danger involved in their current situation, people will perform a ritual in an effort to
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course PHL 111 taught by Professor Eskridge during the Spring '10 term at Community College of Allegheny County.

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Notecard Notes - 1. Awe Before the Sacred Believers in a...

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