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Religion Is..Surfing

  1. 1. Religion <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul>
  2. 2. We’re here to... <ul><li>amongst other things, talk about religions </li></ul><ul><li>but what are they? </li></ul>
  3. 3. so let’s have a think....
  4. 4. Group task: <ul><li>make a definition of religion. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>think about everything you know about religions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>think about what a religion is... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>think about things that religions people do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>where do they go? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>you’ll need loads of different answers! </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. what do they believe? where do they go? do any of them have special jobs? what do they act like? religious people remember examples!! where are they from? which religions do you know about? what do they read? why are they religious? where did everything come from? are we just like animals? do they do anything regularly? what does religious make you think of?
  6. 6. what do they believe? where do they go? do any of them have special jobs? what do they act like? religious people remember examples!! where are they from? which religions do you know about? what do they read? why are they religious? where did everything come from? are we just like animals? do they do anything regularly? what does religious make you think of? 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6
  7. 7. Religio - Latin <ul><li>reverence for the gods or God. </li></ul>The word religion comes from... Q1
  8. 8. religion is..? <ul><li>related to behaviour in certain cultures </li></ul><ul><li>some sort of formal practice with an established/organised order </li></ul>
  9. 9. for example.... <ul><li>in Hinduism there is something called the caste system </li></ul><ul><li>it means there are different types of people in society </li></ul>
  10. 10. religion is..? <ul><li>something to do with morality and virtue </li></ul><ul><li>that’s what’s right and wrong and what we should be and act like. </li></ul>
  11. 11. for example.... <ul><li>Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe that there are ten special rules you should live by. </li></ul><ul><li>given by God to Moses </li></ul>
  12. 12. religion is..? <ul><li>a set of myths or sacred truths held in reverence or believed by adherents </li></ul>
  13. 13. for example.... <ul><li>creation stories </li></ul><ul><li>all traditions </li></ul><ul><li>you are where you came from </li></ul>
  14. 14. or what about... <ul><li>a way of talking and thinking </li></ul><ul><li>a way of describing the world around us and what we see in it? </li></ul><ul><li>this changes the way we act and even the way we see things... </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>a feeling that there is something much bigger than yourself? </li></ul>
  16. 16. for example.... <ul><li>throughout history, religious have sacrificed themselves (or even others) for things they believed were bigger </li></ul><ul><li>to change the world </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>&quot;human beings' relation to that which they regard as holy, sacred, spiritual, or divine.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>our ultimate concerns? </li></ul>
  18. 18. for example.... <ul><li>Muslims believe that we are designed by God to live a certain way, and the best way to please God is to follow his instruction manual on life. </li></ul><ul><li>For a Sikh it is protect the poor. </li></ul>
  19. 19. religion is..? <ul><li>a notion of the transcendent or numinous? </li></ul><ul><li>something holy, sacred; mysterious, otherworldly, unearthly, bigger/better than ourselves. </li></ul>
  20. 20. for example.... <ul><li>some new age belief systems like wicca believe that crystals can channel energy </li></ul><ul><li>they can heal things that medicine cannot, because they have a special power. </li></ul>
  21. 21. what is religion? <ul><li>extended written answer </li></ul>
  22. 22. religion...EXAMPLES something to do with... in latin ‘Religio’ means respect for the gods there is something bigger than ourselves a way of behaving something to do with morality? a way of understanding human beings a way of talking and thinking <ul><li>a set of myths or sacred truths </li></ul>an idea about what the world should be like
  23. 23. god... <ul><li>what’s all that about? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Xenophanes: <ul><li>Men make gods in their own image; those of the Ethiopians are black and snub-nosed, those of the </li></ul><ul><li>Thracians have blue eyes and red hair. </li></ul>
  25. 25. us..? <ul><li>Your ‘Gods’ tell us a lot about who you are... </li></ul>
  26. 26. Karl Barth <ul><li>“No man is an atheist, because each one of us worships something...” </li></ul>an atheist is someone who is pretty sure that God definitely doesn’t exist.
  27. 27. is that true? <ul><li>Q: What sorts of things do you worship? </li></ul>HINT: It’s the things that you spend most of your time doing, practising or thinking about...
  28. 28. Religion <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul>
  29. 29. we’ve talked about religion <ul><li>and this meets all the criteria... </li></ul>
  30. 30. riding giants <ul><li>a history of surfing </li></ul>
  31. 31. things to think about How old is surfing? Where did it begin? What happened when the missionaries arrived? Why? Who was Tom Blake? What did he say first? What does Greg Noll say surfing was the opposite of?
  32. 32. and, MOST IMPORTANTLY write down any information that is going to help you answer this question... is surfing a religion???
  33. 34. we’ve talked about religion <ul><li>and this meets all the criteria... </li></ul>
  34. 35. surfing is a religion <ul><li>it’s official - ‘Surfer Magazine’ </li></ul>
  35. 36. the polynesians - the ancients <ul><li>most religions have a history of the first people to practice their religion </li></ul><ul><li>the look back because they think the world was better the way they had it... </li></ul>
  36. 37. the sacred place - the north shore <ul><li>most religions have a history of places that have special meanings to adherents </li></ul><ul><li>Muslims go to Mecca on pilgrimage, many surfers head to Hawaii </li></ul>
  37. 38. tom blake - the prophet <ul><li>most religions look to a person who did something differently for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>tom blake insisted that surfing was a way of life not just a pass-time. </li></ul>
  38. 39. greg noll - the hero <ul><li>most religions look to people who did something that makes them heros for some reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Jews have David, Hindus have Arjuna. Surfers have Noll. </li></ul>
  39. 40. experiencing god or a fish out of water ? <ul><li>surfers are always claiming to experience something special when surfing </li></ul><ul><li>but a lot of biologists think this is to do with the way we evolved... </li></ul><ul><li>‘ You have this relationship with the ocean that is far beyond what you can even fathom’ - Rob Machado </li></ul>
  40. 41. waves are nature , nature is all waves .. <ul><li>light, sound and even atoms to some extent are all made of waves </li></ul><ul><li>they make up what we call nature </li></ul><ul><li>you can’t really ride a sound wave... </li></ul>
  41. 42. is surfing a religion>part I Question: Why might some surfers think that what they do should be regarded as more than just a sport? Key Words/Phrases: waves & nature humans & water Noll - the hero tom blake - the prophet the ancients Hawaii - the special place
  42. 43. what about last week? <ul><li>what was that all about? </li></ul>
  43. 44. religion is..? <ul><li>related to behaviour in certain cultures </li></ul><ul><li>some sort of formal practice with an established/organised order </li></ul>
  44. 45. religion is..? <ul><li>something to do with morality and virtue </li></ul><ul><li>surfers against sewage </li></ul>
  45. 46. religion is..? <ul><li>a set of myths or sacred truths held in reverence or believed by adherents </li></ul>
  46. 47. or what about... <ul><li>a way of talking and thinking </li></ul><ul><li>a way of describing the world around us and what we see in it? </li></ul><ul><li>watch dvd clip </li></ul>
  47. 48. surf talk
  48. 49. what about... <ul><li>a feeling that there is something much bigger than yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>waves are formed over thousands of miles </li></ul><ul><li>the depend on the moon, and are beyond our control </li></ul>
  49. 50. religion is... <ul><li>&quot;human beings' relation to that which they regard as holy, sacred, spiritual, or divine.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>belief in a deity? </li></ul><ul><li>our ultimate concerns? </li></ul>
  50. 51. religion is..? <ul><li>a notion of the transcendent or numinous? </li></ul><ul><li>something holy, sacred; mysterious, otherworldly, unearthly, bigger/better than ourselves. </li></ul>
  51. 52. is surfing a religion>part II temple of nirvana Question: Does surfing meet any of the definitions of religion that we have discussed before? Key Words/Phrases: bigger than ourselves related to culture belief in a deity way of speaking to do with morality something holy/sacred
  52. 53. if not a separate religion... <ul><li>then what? </li></ul>
  53. 54. the surfing rabbi... Nachum Shifren <ul><li>religion is to do with a god </li></ul><ul><li>“No. Surfing isn’t a religion, because there’s no deity involved in catching a wave. But, surfing is a spiritual connector. It’s like a conduit where one could appreciate God and the forces of the world.” </li></ul>
  54. 55. the christian shaper... Al Merrick <ul><li>pays for adverts for the passion in surf magazines </li></ul><ul><li>best shaper in the world.... ever. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;This is the most powerful movie I have ever seen, experience it for yourself&quot; </li></ul>
  55. 56. the christian shaper... Al Merrick <ul><li>best shaper in the world.... ever. </li></ul><ul><li>signs every board he makes with a fish! </li></ul><ul><li>icthus </li></ul><ul><li>jesus christ, god’s son, saviour </li></ul>
  56. 57. the academic... Bron Raymond Taylor <ul><li>‘Surfing into Spirituality and a New, Aquatic Nature Religion’ </li></ul><ul><li>Volume 75, Number 4, December 2007, pp. 923-951 </li></ul>
  57. 58. a word of warning... <ul><li>commercialism </li></ul>
  58. 59. opposition to mainstream culture? <ul><li>surfing can get expensive </li></ul><ul><li>wetsuit £250+ </li></ul><ul><li>Custom board £400 </li></ul><ul><li>a lot of people make a lot of money... </li></ul><ul><li>is this the way it began? </li></ul>
  59. 60. do you worry about it? <ul><li>are you a sell-out? </li></ul><ul><li>“I have a bit of that pretty much constantly” </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly Slater </li></ul><ul><li>8 time World Champion. </li></ul>
  60. 61. a warning on religion... <ul><li>even the best things can turn bad... </li></ul><ul><li>when people use them for their own ends to gain power over other people... </li></ul>

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