Lecture 21 Religion

Lecture 21 Religion - Lecture 21 Outline 11/03/11...

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Lecture 21 Outline 11/03/11 Definitions of religion Religion is “the beliefs and practices concerned with supernatural beings, powers and forces.” (Anthony Wallace 1966) “A religion is a system of symbols which act to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.” (Clifford Geerttz 1973) Supernatural: those powers, events, and experiences that are beyond ordinary human control and the laws of nature, and are outside reality as normally experienced. Religion is a cultural universal: every culture has some set of beliefs and practices that center on the relationship of humans to the supernatural. Most important functions of religion Religion exists in every culture serving to: - answer grand questions such as who we are, where we came from, what is the meaning of what we are doing, where we are heading toward, why the world is the
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