Ethnogenesis: thing that makes people feel that they belong together
Q: nationalism (borders), sports teams, school pride
Q: where did these originate?
1. Shared cosmology
2. Shared genealogy
4. Torah and calendar ritual
A Brief History of Christianity
Part I: Significant People and Events in Christian History
Christianity is a religion which focuses on observing the teachings of the bible along with
worship of a holy trinity God
History 112WorksheetFilm: Gefilte Fish Chronicles (2010)
Synopsis (Source: New York Times)
The Gefilte Fish Chronicles is a loving look at one extended familys 100-plus years of
celebrating Passover. Dozens of descendants of Abe and Minnie Du
History 112WorksheetFilm: Altar of Fire (1976)
Synopsis (Source: DER)
This film records a 12 day ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, southwest
India, in April 1975. This event was possibly the last performance of the Agnicayana, a
Adaptations of Modern Religion
Part I: Religious Realities in a Secular Society
In examining the seven questionable presuppositions of religion as were presented in
lecture, one can reach the conclusions that rel
Is Buddhism a Religion?
When did it become a religion?
Atheistic or non-theistic religion- can a religion exist without god?
Religious symbolization- sacred = ultimate reality (not necessarily divinity) - Durkheim,
Geertz- religion related to sacred inste
What is religion (again)?
If you do not ask me what time is, I know; if you ask me, I do not know.
- St. Augustine (354-430 CE)
Inescapability of religion
- Papal-sanctioned military campaigns from 11th - 15th centuries - Crusades
- Est. 1478 to maintain
- Orthopraxy (right actions) over orthodoxy (right beliefs)
- No singular text, therefore a lot of room for innovation
led to religious pluralism
Jewish Practices (through Roman eyes)
- 19 CE Emperor Tiberius
Religion Lecture 10/14 the Tuesday after Columbus Day
Ritual, Rene Girard, Walter Burkert et al.
How is Sumo a ritual?
Wrestlers wear robes with Shinto art
The event is scripted at the start. Tradition plays a role in organization simila