ARTCILE: HARVARD SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
1.Many people in their own religion cannot identify someone/something in their religion
2.It is important to study religion, so there is a better understanding of the people around us
3.Religion takes on the full affect of people around the world
4.People need to walk up to someone with good intention’s of them and not make a generic assumption
5. We need to study and continue to study in future generations about religion. The more knowledge we know about other religions the better off we will be. Be open to differences.
September 5, 2014
Indianapolis religious diversity
What is religion?
Until modern times, religion was not separated from the rest of life. It was all wrapped up in the fabric of life.
Latin word religio meaning “to bind”.
A person or community “bound” itself to something that was worthy of reverence or respect.
Merriam-Webster: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
Oxford: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods: ‘ideas about the relationship between science and religion’
Collins: belief in, woship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny
Free: belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe
September 7, 2014
DO NOW: So why do we study world religions?
We study world religions in order to have a better understanding of people around the world, and when we meet these people we do not make a generic assumption of them.
What is unique about studying each religion?
Approach different religion:
-respect-empathy: to identity and understand the situation of another
“to never judge another until you walk a mile in their moccasins”-Native American proverb
1. The religious diversity in our world today is near and far to our own homes. Many people today have different