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WHAT IS RELIGION??
Common elements in definitions of
Religion
• Something beyond the ordinary – it has a
transcendent dimension
• Religion in helps in some way to map a course
through life.
Latin roots of term ‘Religion’
• Religio (latin) = Religion
Relegare = to gather up,
re-read or reflect

Religare = to bind

These words seem to show that religion involves reflection and that it
connects or binds us in some way.
Religion connects us back to what is most central in our relationships to that
which transcends human existence.
Central questions of existence
• Religion attempts to answer these questions
– Where do we come from
– Where are we going
– What we ought to live for.
Origins of religion
•
•

•

The human quest for meaning – understanding our
world and our experience.
The quest for purpose - the motivation to live a life
which promotes human wholeness in accordance
with the meaning discovered.
The quest for salvation – the search to be freed from
the feeling of disharmony deep within the human
person .
Religion involves finding and then living out of a commitment
To the meaning, purpose and salvation that has been found.

Usually in the form of a religious tradition eg: -

Chritsianity

Buddhism
Islam
Judaism
How do religious adherents express their
religious beliefs?
A particular World View
“World View” = the way in which a society sees the world.

• Each religion promotes its own world view.
– Judaism, Christianity, Islam – Linear world view.

– Buddhism , Hinduism – Cyclical worldview.
• Transcendent - points to a divine world
beyond the Earth.
•

Immmanent - the presence of the divine
within human existence.

Examine picture in text pg 5. and complete
activity.
Two types of religious world views.
1.

Belief in a divine power existing
beyond the human dimension.

2.

Divine power dwelling within the
individual

What religious traditions would be good examples
of the above religious worldviews?
• Characteristics of religions
– Beliefs and believers.
– Sacred texts and writings
– Ethics
– Rituals and ceremonies.

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What is religion

  • 2. Common elements in definitions of Religion • Something beyond the ordinary – it has a transcendent dimension • Religion in helps in some way to map a course through life.
  • 3. Latin roots of term ‘Religion’ • Religio (latin) = Religion Relegare = to gather up, re-read or reflect Religare = to bind These words seem to show that religion involves reflection and that it connects or binds us in some way. Religion connects us back to what is most central in our relationships to that which transcends human existence.
  • 4. Central questions of existence • Religion attempts to answer these questions – Where do we come from – Where are we going – What we ought to live for.
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  • 6. Origins of religion • • • The human quest for meaning – understanding our world and our experience. The quest for purpose - the motivation to live a life which promotes human wholeness in accordance with the meaning discovered. The quest for salvation – the search to be freed from the feeling of disharmony deep within the human person .
  • 7. Religion involves finding and then living out of a commitment To the meaning, purpose and salvation that has been found. Usually in the form of a religious tradition eg: - Chritsianity Buddhism Islam Judaism
  • 8. How do religious adherents express their religious beliefs?
  • 9. A particular World View “World View” = the way in which a society sees the world. • Each religion promotes its own world view. – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – Linear world view. – Buddhism , Hinduism – Cyclical worldview.
  • 10. • Transcendent - points to a divine world beyond the Earth. • Immmanent - the presence of the divine within human existence. Examine picture in text pg 5. and complete activity.
  • 11. Two types of religious world views. 1. Belief in a divine power existing beyond the human dimension. 2. Divine power dwelling within the individual What religious traditions would be good examples of the above religious worldviews?
  • 12. • Characteristics of religions – Beliefs and believers. – Sacred texts and writings – Ethics – Rituals and ceremonies.