What is Religion?
A system of beliefs and practices (are put to organize life somehow) that attempts to order life in terms of culturally perceived ultimate priorities. (example: in some cultures something are important, but it not might be important in our culture) Religion talks about-( how we care/ how we don’t care. etc) Adherence-(we stick to these things) to a set of believes or teaching about the deepest & most elusive-(hard to define/express/perceive/understand) of life’s mysteries. Religions helps to explain mysteries. (example: pray to sun. etc) A Set of Beliefs
Existence of a higher power, spirits or God (something greater) an explanation of the origins and purpose of humans and their role on earth (example: why are we here? What purpose? etc) involves rituals, festivals, rites of passage-(some kind of ceremony to go to the next level-come of age) and space-(religious landscapes) 3 Classifications of Religions
Monotheistic religions- worship a single deity.
Polytheistic religions- worship more than one deity, even thousands. Animistic religions- belief that inanimate objects possess spirits and should be revered-(respect) What is Religion?
Much about religion appears to revolve around
•a person’s attitude towards life. (can be collective or individualistic) •the universe
•and what is more important to a group of people.
A complex and diverse cultural phenomenon.
Multiple basic characteristics rather than simplifying religion to just one or two. It is important to recognize the diversity of religion.
•Non insisting that all characteristics be met in order to qualify as a religion. Most commonly recognized religion- like Christianity or Hinduism will have all of them. A few religions and a few manifestations of common religions will have 5 or 6 of them. Characteristics of...