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What makes a faith attractive to various groups of people? How are religions modified and changed as they are lived out in real social life and how do they adapt to changing circumstances? How do religions change as they adapt to new cultural settings?

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What makes a faith attractive to various groups of people?
  • How are religions modified and changed as they are lived out in real social life and how do they adapt to changing circumstances?
  • How do religions change as they adapt to new cultural settings?
  • How do messages of non-violence and compassion change when universal religions become state-sponsored faiths?
  • How do religions borrow from one another and integrate the new forms into their own faiths?
ideas of universal religions
Ideas of Universal Religions
  • Morality-based; often promise salvation
  • Explain suffering and evil
  • Written texts and missionaries help spread the religion to many different peoples
  • Adaptable to changing times and places
  • Teachings considered valid for all people
  • Bring order and harmony to society – the “carrot” to go with the “stick” of government
  • Develop symbiotic relationships with government
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What changes in society gave rise to Universal Religions with a personal savior and a promise of eternal life? What attracts people to universal religions? Why at this time and on so large a scale?

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What are some political, economic and social reasons for conversion? What characteristics would make a religion more likely to gain governmental support?

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Why does a religion change and adapt? What are some of the limits to adaptability? Why prevented Hinduism and Confucianism from becoming “universal”?