Intro Religions Slide 2 Eliade - Creation Stories And...

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Creation Stories And Eliade
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Do creation stories matter today? Relationship between science and religion is settled, right? The stories, although in conflict with one another, still today hold authority for religious individuals
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Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) Perennial – proposes that religions all share something in common What is in common? Argument is that people are instinctually wired to make sense of the world through religion – otherwise we are distressed In effect, Eliade is arguing that modern people, without myths and rituals, have a real problem – there is no sacred space, no meaning = existential problem Review first page What is his data?
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Five key points regarding cosmogonies (creation myths) #1. They “orient us” Tell us where our world came from, how it came to be (e.g., “order out of chaos”) Tell us why our world is the way that it is Give us our place in the cosmos What would come to pass if we did not have a cosmogony? Answer: confusion, no “fixed point” of reference to understand who we are. Eliade example
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Five key points regarding cosmogonies (creation myths) #2 A cosmogony distinguishes between sacred space and profane space Profane space : ordinary, can be used in any fashion, no special rules that govern our behavior
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2011 for the course RELIGION 2001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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Intro Religions Slide 2 Eliade - Creation Stories And...

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