Religion Definitions and Concept1

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Religion Definitions and Concepts .. If we develop the above in relation to belief systems, the main idea here is to think in terms of the way in which various beliefs are related to one another in such a way as to form a kind of institutionalised whole. That is, a system of shared, stable, beliefs that both persist over time and, most importantly, claim to explain some (or even all) aspects of the social world. When we start to think in terms of ideologies, therefore, we are making a big step away from talking about simple beliefs. To help us understand the idea of a belief system we can use three criteria developed by Polyani ("Personal Knowledge", 1958). For Polyani, the basic features of any belief system work together to ensure that the system is maintained and these features are as follows: 1. The circularity of ideas: Polyani argues that each idea in a belief system is explained by relating it to another idea. The validity of each idea cannot be doubted precisely because each supports
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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