Religion in Global Context

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Religion in Global Context The following is a list of terms presented in this section of the textbook.  If you have  read this section, then you have seen them in boldface, italics, or heavy green font.  These terms are listed below in their order of appearance in the book, but most are also  defined in the glossary.  The section quiz will assess your comprehension of these  terms by requiring you to answer up to 10 randomly-selected questions from a database  of many questions.  The questions will refer to the readings and illustrations in the  section reading.  You may receive more than one question relating to a specific term  and you probably not receive a question pertaining to every term.  The study questions  that follow are intended to help you prepare for the quiz. religion monotheistic polytheistic atheistic animistic religions syncretic religions cosmogony ritual piety universalizing religion ethnic religion civil religion Abrahamic faiths Vedic faiths STUDY QUESTIONS First of all, the term "adherent" refers to a person who is a follower of a religion.  You  will see this term occasionally in this chapter. Read the opening photo segment for this chapter.  What is the dreamtime as  understood by Australian Aboriginals? What are three characteristics of religion pointed out in the very first paragraph of this 
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section? Be able to distinguish between monotheism, polytheism, and atheism as they pertain to  the classification of religions. The religious belief systems of most indigenous peoples are referred to as animistic.  What are the main characteristics of animistic religions? What makes a religion "syncretic" according to the first column on the first page of this  section?  Is it simple to classify a religion as either syncretic or not?  Explain.  Do  syncretic religions tend to be older or younger than other religions?  What are the 
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