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Unformatted text preview: 5-Nov-08Lecture 8: Religion•Religion provides immortalityoMotivation for religion is “psychological”oReligious impulse takes 1000s of formsoWhy is one religion predominant in one area and another predominant in another?•Time Magazineo“God is Dead” – Friedrich Nietzscheo1995 – clearly shows that God is very much alive•Less developed countries have populations that feel religion is very importantoUnited States has a high regard for religion (60%)oWhereas Canada is about 30%oPropensity for religion changes with ageoReligion is still important for high developed countries which were never communistoThe scope of religious authority has declined throughout the worldCenturies ago, religion governed education, family life, politics and almost all aspectsGrowing proportion of people believe religion can only help them with a restricted range of issuesOther institutions have grown as the scope of religious authority has declined•DurkheimoCollective bubblingoReligious experienceoValues of a larger collectiveoBeyond our own mortality into eternityoCollective conscienceWhen people get together form common sentiments and valuesLarger than usoSuicidesLevel of social solidarity•Suicides rates dip when there’s an experience of the collective conscience...
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- Fall '08