Blackboard ch 14 religion

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Chapter 14 Supernatural Beliefs
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What We Will Learn What is religion? What functions does religion perform for the individual and the society as a whole? What different forms does religion take among the societies of the world? What role does religion play in the process of culture change?
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Defining Religion A set of beliefs in supernatural forces directed at helping people make sense of the world and solve problems. All forms of religion are founded on a belief in the supernatural.
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Religion in Societies All societies have: Religious rituals that appease supernatural forces Sets of beliefs concerning what we would call the soul Notions about life after death
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Religion in Societies Evangelist Timothy J. Keller thrives in Manhattan by embracing the city and identifying with its culture.
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Religion Animism Belief that people have souls or spirits in addition to physical, visible bodies. Polytheism The belief in the existence of many gods. Monotheism The belief in only one god.
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Religion Animatism Belief in a generalized, impersonal power over which people have some measure of control. Mana An impersonal supernatural force, inhabiting certain people or things, which is believed to confer power, strength, and success.
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Magic Supernatural beliefs that involve manipulation of supernatural forces to intervene in human activities and natural events. Imitative magic Based on the idea that the procedure performed resembles the desired result. Contagious magic Based on the premise that things, once in contact with a person continue to influence that person after separation.
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Witchcraft is an inborn, involuntary, and often unconscious capacity to cause harm to other people. Sorcery
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2010 for the course ANT 102 taught by Professor Gray during the Fall '08 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Blackboard ch 14 religion - Chapter 14 Supernatural Beliefs...

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