Lecture 4_What is Religion

Lecture 4_What is Religion - Lecture 4. What Is Religion?...

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Lecture 4. What Is Religion? What Is Religion? i. Although religion and philosophy are intimately linked, we should not identify them ( provide examples of differences ). But both religion and philosophy are concerned with the nature of religious belief. ii. A person who believes in a single, independent Being, God, who is the creator of the universe, is a theist . To refuse to believe in God is to be an atheist . To admit one’s ignorance and to accept the fact that one does not know and perhaps has no way of knowing whether there is such a being or not is to be an agnostic . iii. In a famous article, John Wisdom—a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein—claims that the essential feature of religious belief is a certain “attitude” that the religious person has toward his or her surroundings. For Wisdom, the gap between the religious “attitude” and that of the philosopher or scientist interested in explanation is unbridgeable. For Wisdom, religious belief is obviously different from the scientific quest for causal explanation.
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