Religion Definitions and Concept3

Religion Definitions and Concept3 - Religion Definitions...

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Religion Definitions and Concepts .. 4. A religious belief system (unlike scientific belief systems) venerates the "sacred". That is, they involve a commitment to the belief that a "higher", superhuman or supernatural, power exists over and above the abilities of human beings. This power is normally personified in terms of a "god" or "gods", but may also be expressed simply in terms of abstract "supernatural powers". The world of the Dugum Dani of New Guinea was organized around supernatural beings called "mogat" - the ghosts of the dead. The world of the Teton Sioux in America was controlled by the "Waken" powers. 5. Religious activity involves a process of socialization and social control, insofar as it involves an ethical code of conduct (for example, the "Ten Commandments" of Christianity). The adoption of such a moral code (sometimes expressed as a set of direct commands from "god") is both a characteristic of religious organization and a
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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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