SacredTexts

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Sacred Texts The Bible and beyond
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Sacred texts in all re ligions Torah (Judaism) Bible (Christianity) Qur’an (Islam) Book of Mormon (Latter-Day Saints) The “Most Holy Book” (Baha’i Faith) Vedas, Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism) TriPitaka, Dhammapada (Buddhism) Adi Granth (Sikhism) Tao Te Ching (Taoism) Lun Yu (Confucianism)
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Questions to ponder What makes a book “holy”? Which comes first: a holy book or the religion it is associated with? Are these the “word of God” or of men? If other religions have other sacred texts what makes us think our “holy book” is more sacred then theirs?
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Contents of sacred texts Teachings of eternal truths Myths of the gods, stories of creation Theological or metaphysical foundations of a faith Stories of the founders and heros of a faith Early history of the re ligion Directives and foundations for a faith Foundations of ritual practice Liturgical: prayers and hymns
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Origins of Sacred Texts Revealed by God through prophets (Western) Dictated word for word by God? Written by men “inspired by” God? Truth discovered by sages (Eastern) Oral first, later written, still later “canonized” and translated “insider” vs. “outsider” stories
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“Open” or “closed” – is reve lation ongoing? Closed: Torah, Bible, Quran Why would God have stopped talking to us? (or did we stop listening?) Open: Baha’i faith, Mormon Why would there be “new” revelations of eternal truths?
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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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