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Religiology Matrix for understanding
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Epistemology   …is an inquiry into knowledge Comes from the Greek “Epistle” meaning “letters/writings” Question: What constitutes valid knowledge and how to  interpret that knowledge?  What we rely on in order to gain  knowledge?  What should we use to understand and properly  interpret that basis of knowledge?  Is there a basis for validity or  truth?   For example:  A belief in the epistemological validity of the  scientific method will lead to the ontological belief that things  that the things of the material world are truly real.
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Ontology …is an inquiry into the nature of ultimate reality What is ultimately real?  What are some characteristics of  ultimate reality?  What is more real, or less real?  How is what is  more real related to what is less real?  What degrees of reality  are there, if any? This category is broken up into 3 subcategories that more  specifically outline one’s beliefs about the divine: Theology  – what do you believe about god(s)/God?  What do you  believe about the nature or characteristics of god(s)/God? Cosmology  – What is the nature of created existence?  What led to  the development of created existence as we see it? Eschatology  – (Greek: “End”) What will be the nature of reality if  or when the world as we know it ends?
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Anthropology Is an inquiry into human nature and identity Greek: Anthro =“human” Who are we?  How do we identify ourselves?  What are our  identities?  Are there significant categories of humans? (ex:  saints, prophets, believer, non-believer, etc.)  Who am I as a  human?
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Psychology Is an inquiry into the nature of consciousness What do you believe is the nature of your consciousness?  What  does our consciousness consist of?  What are our faculties of 
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course RELI 1001 taught by Professor Eaglen during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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