10.a: Gandhi and Hinduism
Mohandas (Mahatma = Great Soul)
1893-1915 (south Africa, legal consultant, encountered racism 3 tiered, white, indian, black)
-organizes fight against racial discrimination, realizes its widespread (better but essentially the
Which of the following statements reflects Ghandis attitude to other religions
a) All religions were the same
b) All religions were good but Hinduism was the best
c) All religions had an element of truth but were limited and partial
RS 121 Essay
Social sin has rarely received the attention it warrants throughout the history of theological
study. While a renewed awareness of the social dimension of sin has recently emerged, Gregory
Baum, a theologian of note, originally explored conce
Animism: based on belief that theres one reality and its living. Believes theres
spirit in inanimate objects. Practice of divination (you can learn about one part of
reality from another) arises from this.
Five classics: heart of the Confucian scriptures.
Tiantai - school of Mahayana Buddhism in China, based on Lotus Sutra
Huayan - school of Mahayana Buddhism in China, based on Garland Sutra
Garland Sutra Lotus Sutra - important early Mahayana scripture - where Buddha revealed full and
Ahimsa - nonvioelence
Kevela - highest state of enlightenment, according to Jainism
Jain Sacred Story
Path of the Jains - Everything has a soul. Everything in the universe is alive;
including many things that we t
Adi Granth - holy book of the Sikhs. Also considered a Guru. (Original Collection)
Started by Amar Das. Completed by Arjan.
Granth Sahib - another name for Adi Granth. Means Sacred Collection.
Gurdwara - buildings for worship and meeting togeth
Shramana - Hermits
Nirvana - State beyond birth and death. It is the ultimate goal of all Buddhists.
Five aggregates Bhikkhu - Buddhist monk
Bhikkuni - Buddhist nun
Sangha - community following the path to enlightenment.
Brahmo Samaj - Founded by Ram Mohan as a religious society advocating rational,
humanistic religion without all the Hindu rituals and customs.
Arya Samaj - Founded by Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, representing another
attempt to restore the original purity o
Veda - Hymn and ritual verses composed by the Aryans, transmitted orally in priestly families.
Samsara - Endless round of birth and death.
Karma - Law that every action has its effect.
Moksha - Liberation for the atman from the cycle of samsa
Elements of the path religion provides to connect us with the Sacred:
1) Myths - narratives/stories that touch the core of our being; that touch the deepest values in
our lives; stories abt forgiving, truth, love, sacrifice, beauty.
2) Symbol - shorthand
Puranas - Ancient stories describing the various gods and devotion to them.
Chaitanya - Revived Krishna worship and kirtan in Bengal
ISKCON - Intl Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Why Study Religion?
How of science does not explain the why of life (death, chaos, lack of meaning)
Religion is response of these fundamental questions
You study religions because the world is getting smaller and you will be able to get a b
Module 9 Chinese Religions I Confucianism & Daoism
1. Common Elements
- Rooted in concrete experience
- Practical orientation
o Practice in various religions, one isnt exclusively a single religion
o Participates in rituals and f
Module 5: The Path of Jains Jain Sacred Story, Path to Liberation
Jains : everything has a soul, some objects have more than one soul, universe is alive for the
Jains began with Vardamana Mahaweera (Mahimsa-non violence:didnt even kick in the
Arose in india during a revolutionary time
o Esp technological, iron plow (increase agriculture), iron weapons
Kinship breakdown tribes exercised land ownership,
Lands fell in hands of others
Second urbanization overcrowdin
Everything has a soul
The universe is alive
Starts with Mahavira/Vardhamana
Believed in ahimsa (non violence)
Great Renunciation (left for the homeless life)
pulled out his hair by his hands
o Practiced regid Asceticism (deprivation) and Ahims
University of Waterloo Fall 2016
Religious Studies 235 Jesus: Life and Legacy
Christ, Odilon Redon (1887), Bibliothque Nationale de France
Time: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-3:50 pm
Place: Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC), Room 1300
Naomi Klein asserts, "Love will save this place". What does she mean by "love"? In your
opinion, which of the Critical Thinking readings from Modules 1-3 (Paul Wadell, Karen
Armstrong, C. S. Lewis, or Jean Vanier) best explains the kind of love found in K
Miracles by Michael Crummy
Setting = clear October full moon night in Newfoundland
Brother and sister-in-laws 10th anniversary (Kim and Jade)
Fresh mussels as his contribution to the meal
Has second thoughts about going in and wonders if he shoul
Aristotle claims there are three types of friendships based on three types of love. The first is a friendship
of utility, where people become friends to gain something good out of the friendship. The second is a
friendship of pleasure, where people become
Module 4 Lecture
Love in culture and society
How we build community
Political implications in this topic are inevitable;
- Greek work polus = city (classical times, referring to the state, the citizens and their shared
Story of Jim Loney
RS 121: Evil
Religion, Modernity, and the
The Shoah (the time of desolation): planned destruction of 6
Many Jews prefer Shoah to the more common term
Holocaust, since the latter means a whole burnt offering or
Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Tanakh
Tana kh (Torah - law, Neviim - Prophets, K etuvim - Writings)
24 Books - Read from right to lef
Hermeneutics (interpreting the scripture)
Who is the author?
Anthropomorphic language - speak of god as if he was
The Resurgence of
the Bush II Era
Journal of Communication Inquiry
34(3) 254 277
The Author(s) 2010
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St. Jeromes University in the University of Waterloo
Department of Religious Studies
RS 216 - Islam
Thursdays, 6:30-9:20 pm, STJ 2011
Instructor and T.A. Information
Instructor: Dr. Timothy J. Gianot
Office: RENISON COLLEGE 0223B