Introduction to Religion. What is religion?. Some Images. Religare Latin root Re plus ligare ‘again’ combined with ‘to bind’ meaning ‘to tie fast’ Religia Latin – ‘obligation’ or ‘bond’ Religian Old French. Religion . Gary Comstock.
What is religion?
sacred: Set apart for worship of a deity or as worthy of worship.
profane: Nonreligious. Outside the sphere of religion.Mircea Eliade
Accounts of creation of the world
Accounts/Beliefs about the end of the world
Scriptural or canonical (kanon is Greek for measuring rod)Narrative or Mythic Dimension
Give us a way to think about our own mortality
Help us to find security in an insecure world
Organize us socially
Assist the poorest and the weakest with survival
Stimulate artistic productionWhy do religions exist?
Religions based on a relationship with a divine being
The Divine in a Singular form
Multiple forms of the divine
Beneath multiple apparent forms of the divine there is one ultimate reality
Non-belief in any deity
No knowledge if the divine exists or can be knownSome Key Terms
Improve your appreciation of new places because you can understand what you see and hear and experience more fully.
To assist in your own religious quest. Summed up simply: we can learn from others who do not practice as we do.
To appreciate every day life more fully. You cannot see a movie, read a book, hear a song, listen to a Presidential debate without some mention of religion it seems. Knowing more is a positive.
To make you a better citizen of the worldWhy Study Religions