RELIGION In Latin, ?to tie back? or ?to tie again?. Ties people back to a greater reality Ties people together in a community Why is the study of religion so important? *Plays a role in politics, art, and economics *Develops greater tolerance What is religious studies? *Theologians vs. scholars of religion *Theologians wanted to prove that their religion was the right one Religions of South Asia and the Myth of Liberation *Life is seen as suffering *Life always ends in sickness, old age, and death *Humans are caught in an endless cycle of suffering, rebirth, and death *Goal of religion is to free yourself (samsara) *After free, humans can experience ultimate reality Religions of East Asia and the Myth of Harmony *Tao(Dao) = mysterious source and ordering principle of the universe *Balance and harmony *Yin
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