RLG100Y1 Lecture #3 - RLG100Y1-Sep 20/10 History of...

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RLG100Y1-Sep 20/10 - History of religion is the history of Europeans study of different religions worldwide - Early theories (19 th century-enlightment) of religion also wanted to understand religion in a “scientific way” - 2 of the major factors that were influential to forming religions in the 19 th century: o Discovery of other religion, different people worldwide o Darwin Evolutionary line of development Provoked the certainty of the biblical information (e.g. the craniological order) and God (world was about 6000 years old) Biological evolution - Edward Tylor (anthropologists) o The common denominator among cultures is the belief in spirits (animism) o Animism is the most important in all cultures –even the complex ones o All religion is to point out the key of life and death, which is why God was created - Max Mueller (German Scholar) o Translate and edited the “sacred book of the East” o Sanskrit scholar o He and others proposed that the oldest religious scripture were Vedas
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