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World Religion

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Kate Cobb

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of World Religion

World Religions law? What is religion? -what about religions that don't believe in God? "world religion"? belief? practice? individual? communal? universal? local? cultural? Possible problems
in studying religion Why is it important to study religion? How are we going to be discussing religion this semester? we live in a multicultural society religion effects every person (even to those who do not identify as religious) Judaism Islam Confucism Hinduism Shintoism Daoism Buddhism Christianity historical approach how did these traditions begin?
what are their structural elements
how have they been institutionalized? information helps us reduce biases and misconceptions
when we know more, we understand better
helps us engage in productive conversation inherent biases narrow definitions religions are not often that simple-we simplify in definitions and world religions courses
some religious don't fit within these traditional definitions
there are infinite ways that religion is lived within one tradition cultural boundaries
how can we think and speak critically from an outsider's position? Bahai'ism lived religion how are these religions practiced today?
who practices them? where?
how are they changing? what is happening in the larger conversation about this religion?
how does it affect my life? understand the issues Religion can mean many things... this semester we will focus on what many agree upon as some of the most important and prevalent world religious traditions this list is not authoritative or exhaustive throughout the semester look for commonalities and differences throughout the traditions use these characteristics to start formulating what you would define as religion hint! a comparative study here are some examples of how people around the world celebrate Easter... Easter in the United States Mexico Guatemala Costa
Rica Nicaragua Spain France Holy Island,
England Germany Czech Republic Poland Ukraine Italy Sicily Philippines One religion does not have one uniform practice Central America Europe
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