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HISTORY OF RELIGION 1. Definition of religion: the beliefs or set of beliefs we use to give meaning to our experience. Religion cannot be defined as belief in a higher power or as belief in a Scripture or as a set of practices. Many religions do not have these features. Implications of this definition of religion: i. All persons are religious since all persons give meaning to their experience. Both theism and atheism are formally paired beliefs which are used in the same way to interpret experience. ii. Religion is fundamentally cognitive. It has to do with beliefs which are either true or false. Religion is not fundamentally mystical/experiential or a set of social rules. iii. No experience is meaningful without interpretation. One's basic belief cannot arise from experience. Experience has meaning when interpreted in light of one's basic belief using reason. iv. As truth cannot be separated from meaning so faith cannot be separated from reason. It is by reason that meaning is grasped.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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