Intro to World Religions-Indigenous Religions-Future of World Religions

Intro to World Religions-Indigenous Religions-Future of World Religions

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Intro to World Religions, Indigenous Religions, Future of World Religions What Is Religion? REL 2300 Intro to World Religions, Indigenous Religions, Future of World Religions Transcript of narrated power point presentation 24 slides total Slide 1 Welcome to Lecture 1 in World Religions. We'll be talking about "what is religion" is this series of lectures. Slide 2 First let's talk about some definitions for religions. It's extremely important in this course that you begin with an adequate definition for religion; or one that we will be using in this course. But you'll have a full understanding of what that means. In this slide you'll see some common definitions. For example, some people believe that religion is a set of beliefs. This is very common among people who are Christian because Christianity has a lot of emphasis on beliefs. Other religions have an emphasis on practice and some have an absence of a set of doctrines. Morality is also an inadequate way to define religion. Some religious traditions have no moral standards. Some moral codes stand outside religion so that would be hard to separate. Some people think it is the worship of God. But not all religions worship God. There are some others we'll look at on the next slide. Slide 3 [Here] are two other inadequate definitions. People who are members of a group; how would you know the difference between a religion and a bowling club. Of course religion can also be very private or antisocial; spiritual hermits would be an example of that.
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People who have practice ritual behavior; how would you distinguish between a religion and an obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are inadequate definitions. Now we'll move to adequate definitions for this course. Slide 4 We'll [soon] use the concept of human transformation in religion. It's a central concept in our understanding of religion. But first, a brief word about truth. I'd like to introduce you to a concept of truth: what is true is a philosophical assumption. There are two kinds of truths that are applicable to this study to religion. One is scientific truth. It is quantifiable and measureable knowledge that can be duplicated and is available to everyone. This is an important but limited concept of truth. Transformational truth, which is the kind of truth that many religions encourage, is available sometimes only through mystical or personal revelation of the transcendent. That is it comes from beyond and outside this world. So it is a larger truth. It doesn't necessarily contradict scientific truth but is a larger concept of truth than scientific truth. Either truth is a philosophical and theological presupposition. Slide 5 Before we get to our definition of religion, let me talk for just a second about religious experience. I want to compare religious experience to the experience you have with pain and pleasure. Pain
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