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Blind men & the mystery object... : 

Blind men & the mystery object...

Slide 3: 

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Or are there MANY MOUNTAINS? : 

Or are there MANY MOUNTAINS?

What’s the Catholic View? : 

What’s the Catholic View?

Until 1960’s, the Church was EXCLUSIVIST : 

Until 1960’s, the Church was EXCLUSIVIST

Vatican II’s “Doctrine of Religious Freedom” : 

Vatican II’s “Doctrine of Religious Freedom” “The catholic church rejects nothing of those things which are true and holy in [non-Christian} religions.”

Ours is still best, but there are good things in other, non-Christian traditions. : 

Ours is still best, but there are good things in other, non-Christian traditions.

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2 Approaches to Studying Religion

Evaluative : 

Evaluative Theological Theologically valid? Philosophical Does it make sense? Is it rational? Is religion rational? Seeks to judge or prove the TRUTH of a religion.

Descriptive : 

Descriptive

Descriptive: Experiential : 

Descriptive: Experiential What’s the religion like from the POV inside the tradition?

Descriptive: Experiential : 

Descriptive: Experiential Average Adherents Mystics

Descriptive: Historical : 

Descriptive: Historical Historical facts Founder? How affected by the world, different events? How does the religion impact the world?

Descriptive: functional : 

Descriptive: functional “Religion gives me peace of mind.” “Believing gives me hope.” “Religion causes a lot of wars.” “Religion unites people.” Functionalexplanations Defines religion based on activity: uniting, dividing, giving purpose, etc.

Descriptive: Comparative : 

Descriptive: Comparative

Approaches emphasized in this class : 

Approaches emphasized in this class Evaluative: Philosophical Descriptive: Experiential - especially the mystical Descriptive: Comparative

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