ReligionDefined

ReligionDefined - Religionis theserviceorworshipofGodorthe

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Religion is… the service or worship of God or the  supernatural  -  Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary a specific system of faith and worship   – Oxford English Dictionary a set of symbolic forms and acts which relate  man to the ultimate condition of his existence   – Robert Bellah
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Religion is… Beliefs, attitudes, emotions, behavior, etc.,  constituting man’s relationship with the  powers and principles of the universe  – Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary Belief in and/or worship of God or gods   – World Book Dictionary
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Religion is… Belief in and reverence for a supernatural  power or powers regarded as creator and  governor of the universe; a personal or  institutionalized system grounded in such  belief and worship   – YourDictionary.com
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Religion is… [the seeking] of divine truth, exploring who we  are, why we’re here, and how we should live  Joel Beversluis, ed.,  Sourcebook of the world’s  Religions belief that there is an unseen order, and that  our supreme good lies in harmoniously  adjusting ourselves thereto  – William James
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Who wants to know? The common folk (you and me) Philosophers  Sociologists Theologians Anthropologists Psychologists Historians Critics Everyone’s got an agenda and a limited perspective  that will influence how they perceive religion
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Ways of Understanding Religion Substantive or essentialist  definitions  characterize religion by some basic essence 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Ernst during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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ReligionDefined - Religionis theserviceorworshipofGodorthe

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