RLG100- Lecture 2 - M AX M U E L L E R- Translated and...

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Unformatted text preview: M AX M U E L L E R- Translated and edited some the " S AC R E D B OO KS O F T H E E AST " = didn't translate all (50 vol set) from Sanskrit to German/English- Believed the oldest scriptures in the world were T H E V E D AS (Hindu tradition). He said if we want to understand the phenomenon of religion we need to look at these oldest texts.- theory: 1. Through his study of these, he concluded that religion was a way of explaining natural phenomenon, as human beings developed religion because they are too weak to understand natural causes. He said they ended up ascribing terms to these phenomena (fire, wind, sky, rain etc.) and eventually peoples sense of awe at natural phenomenon morphed into a reverence of these phenomenons and were represented as deities.2.Believed religion was a disease of language J A M ES F R A I Z I E R (British)- Religious sentiment in magic. Religion is sustained by the mystery of the unexplained - Hhumans t ried various ways to affect the world around them (such as weather)...
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This note was uploaded on 08/07/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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RLG100- Lecture 2 - M AX M U E L L E R- Translated and...

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