RLST 005 9.29.10 notes

RLST 005 9.29.10 notes - How do we study religion And what...

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How do we study religion? And what is religion , anyway?
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Etymology According to the OED [Oxford English Dictionary]: •first associated with Latin relegere “to read over again” •later associated with Latin religare re “back” ligare “to bind”
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Definitions aplenty! Rudolf Otto (1869-1937) referred to an experience of the... mysterium tremendum Sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) said that religion is “a meaning- giving activity that serves emotional and social, as well as cognitive, functions”--a way of “investing life with meaning” in response to [suffering, evil, and death].
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Antithetical views Religion is “what the individual does with his own solitariness. ...and if you are never solitary, you are never religious.” Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) “A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say things set apart and forbidden, beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community...all those who adhere to them.” Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
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