BLACK ELK SPEAKS:
nomadic and hunter-gatherers
Sioux Native American Tribe
view of spirituality o
connection to nature as a part of nature/ANIMALS and not
ex. the birds build nests in a circle because they are of
the same religion
IMPULSE OF RELIGION IS FROM
need for connectivity, belonging, answers to explanations
curiosity for the answer drives us crazy and more keen to know what is going
o in the middle of everything, but surrounded by nothing (vast nothingnes
Why the big animals?
Food; thank you, animal that i killed
Rite of Passage
Animals spirit is sacred
Understanding of the universe
BIRDS: connection btw Earth and Heaven
NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION (9,000
BCE - 7,000 BCE)
Tigris/Euphrates River Valleys
Transition from Hunter-Gatherer Society to villages and larger cities
Whats going to happen to religion when you move the people into a larger
Organized Religion Replaces Fa
PEOPLE ASSOCIATE GOD AND
RELIGION WITH MORALITY AND
What is evil and where does it come from?
Biological view is more difficult to understand than a philosophical view on evil
Evil is that which violates the integrity of the larger system
THE FLOW STATE-RELIGIOUS
Religion vs. Spirituality
Does religion require a God? Higher Power?
o Is Faith necessary?
Everybody has spirituality, not everybody is in touch with it (Sarah)
WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?
Starts with experiential dimension then could lead to the social
dimension (and then ritual, myth, etc.)
If you are raised religious, you could start with the doctrinal dimension
Can start and end with experiential learning doctrin
WHAT DROVE ATHEISM?
Darwin (1859): We have a scientific reason as to why we came to Earth and how we
originated that does not involve God
What is the worldview of existentialists?
We are alone
The answers are blank
Religion is an illusion
We create th
Doctrinal Dimension: Belief system that is written down and taught
Ethical Dimension: universal laws given by God
what you should and shouldnt do
all religions come down to the same or very similar principles