RELG361 - I. Intro Mike Roskies Lecture I Outline 1) Intro...

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I. Intro  Mike Roskies
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Lecture I Mike Roskies Outline 1) Intro to Textbook 2) The “Personal Equation” Textbook Page viii Preface - Major distinctions will be those between objective and subjective Objective: physical basis of religious experience (ex. Reference to the body and to behavior) o Theory o Method: correlation theories (not emphasized) Subjective: more widely developed o Psychoanalysis- Freud o Object-relation theory- Melanie ___ o Erikson o Jung o Humanistic Pages 635 - 639 - Overview of the summary of psychology in religion with reference to: transcendence
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literal symbolic - Literal affirmation = religious fundamentalism inclusion of transcendence and literal inclusion of the bible (writings have to be understood literally) - Literal Disaffirmation: Sociobiology = rational fundamentalism takes the written sources literally, but in excludes transcendence - Restorative Interpretation = conjunctive faith includes transcendence but understands the sources symbolically a bit more sophisticated - Reductive Interpretation includes symbolism but not transcendence - There may be some reasons for accepting or negating transcendence goes along with imminence (both belong together) cannot separate body and mind - Cannot simply divorce the literal and the symbolic but can make an emphasis on either or Wiki: Transcendence (religion) , the concept that God is a being who is entirely above the created universe. Imminence is what you have to deal with in everyday life (reachable, observable)- liable to happen - Glossary (646-668) , bibliography, author/subject index are good to orient you as well
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gives the general scope of the course The Personal Equation Page viii Preface - “Religion is not the exclusive focus of this study, we also critique…. Jung” biographical information about these scholars each in some way is a founder of a still living feature within the psychology of religion - Definition on page 660 Wiki: The personal equation , in 19th- and early 20th-century science , referred to the idea that every individual observer had an inherent bias when it came to measurements and observations . - Cannot make abstraction of your own personal experience when you are studying subject matter mostly true in human sciences, especially in psychology - Should be used in a more sophisticated way, should not use it as a reason for dismissing something even though it should always be present Tradition & Faith vs. Religion Page 3: “A Misleading Name” - The is not right, it does not exist in the singular each approach has its own advocates - Religion definitions on handout 2 (about 40 of them) when there are definitions proliferating like this, it is because what is to be define escapes a univocal definition
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