an objective reality that can't be reduced to human things. Powerful & something we can depend on. Opposite of the everyday, vulgar & profane.
Is anything sacred anymore?C&K: the extraordinary, not tradition specific. Set apart from the ordinary
disclosure of the divine, unveiling the board between us, issue is because people think they have the words from God
Objective: God's word: Muhammad transcribing God's word
Subjective: God's public actions: Parting of the Red Sea. People talk about them
A story that isn't true. Stories that tell it about the way it is. Stories that inform people about the way it is.
How do they come back to us? What are there effects on life as we know it? What are their consequences? Do they control our impulses? Do they promote social stability and harmony?
Have to do with out existence. The nature of our existence. Science fiction
Why are we here? Does my life have any purpose? Something is at stake (life, meaning of life, existence)
What functions as religion is someone's life and what provides their vision of the way it is? What actually provides motivation, orientation and direction in someone's life?
Ex: money and entertainment
Someone's believe on the last things. How things will end. Most people aren't concerned with the end, but with the end of life as we know it
To mend or heal the world. To leave it better than you found it
Internal: to exert upmost effort, to stive, to struggle. To attain perfection in faith
External oppressive Jihad: against a force preventing the practice of religion. Abide by rules: women, children and civilians are excluded from violence and has to be declared by a democratically elected leader
The Hindu Goddess of art and learning. Came up in class in the "330 million Gods" movie. Rides a white swan with an instrument, a pen, a book and a crystal
Respect for ones parents. Bond of trusts between a parent and a child. Can be used in all areas of society (Kings and subjects)
God; anything awe inspiring
Three phases of a life cycle ritual
1. separation: separate from one's status
2. liminal: one has separated but is only at the threshold of the new. in between stage
3. social status: individual has assumed their new status and is accepted as such
3 characteristics of indigenous religions like North American Indians
1. Place: "embeddedness" in the landscape and nature
2. Power: "as the sacred- all connected"
3. Protocol: Ethos (day to day things) and Responsibility (have certain responsibilities you have to get done)
Three things breaking glass at Jewish wedding symbolize
1. destruction of the temple
2. amount of time it takes to put the glass together is the time that marriage will last
3. its a reminder of all the people who are living shattered unhappy lives in the time of the couple's great happiness
Rights guaranteed to Muslim women
Social empowerment: education, marriage, divorce
Political empowerment: vote, run for office, participate politically
Economic empowerment: work, own property, inherit
Two things Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy and L. Ron Hubbard have in common
Healing and Started a religious tradition
5 questions to ask in order to discover or discern its religious dimensions
what is being proposed about
1. the way it is?
2.the human predicament
3. best that is possible depends
4.power upon which the best that is possible depends
5. how to stay in good relationship with the power upon which the best that is possible depends
Four noble truths
1. life is suffering
2. the cause of that suffering is craving
3. it's cessation (end) and how to get there
4. the path leading to it's cessation is cultivated
depends upon humans
independent from humans. beyond human limitations
Combination of aspects of subjective and objective
reality cannot be reduced to what the human mind can graph. Exists but we can only know about it through human means
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