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World Religions Final

  1. 1. +Synchronicity: A WorldReligion?Tyler Grey
  2. 2. + Definition  Carl Jung - 1951  Definition: the acausal connection between two or more psycho-physic phenomena  In other words, there is a connection between humans that goes beyond anything physical  There is some sort of higher power drawing certain humans and objects together for one reason or another
  3. 3. + The Trend  Taking Jung theory and applying it to World Religions  Religions drawn to each other beyond coexisting, but somehow interconnected  Church attendance declining across America  Cathy Lynn Grossman  USA Today “More Americans Tailoring Religion to Fit Their Needs”  More and more Americans molding their faith to what they believe
  4. 4. + The Trend Abroad  UK  Students in grade school taught numerous different religions and rituals within those religions  Eastern Asia  Popular religion  Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  Creating new religions all together
  5. 5. + What does the media think?  Synchronicity is the trend  More exciting than liberal religion  More exciting to have control of your own religion and spirituality  Embrace the way religion is changing  Blending of religions is a good thing  Makes it easier for everyone to live together in the “melting pot”
  6. 6. + What does the media think? Pt. 2  Synchronicity is fine  You can believe what you want to believe  Not recognized as a true religion, but still acceptable for people to take what they believe from different religions to fit what they believe
  7. 7. + What does the media think? Pt. 3  No way!  Synchronicity not considered an actual religion  Traditionalist viewpoint  No scripture to believe in, so there is no religion
  8. 8. + Synchronicity as a World Religion  Definition of World Religion: no true definition of religion  To be considered a World Religion, must have:  Scriptures  Institutions  Clergy  Rituals  By definition, Synchronicity not a World Religion
  9. 9. + Synchronicity Considered Spirituality Instead?  “I‟m spiritual, but not religious”  Carl McColman  Huffington Post “Interspirituality: A Meaningful Alternative to „Spiritual Not Religious‟”  Could not consider himself religious because he explored his spirituality through learning about and practicing traditions from other religions  “Interfaith friendly”
  10. 10. + Conclusion  Synchronicity can be a great thing  Significance in religions being interconnected  Coexist  Common ground for different cultures  Can be considered spiritual, but not considered a World Religion because it does not contain the criteria necessary
  11. 11. + References  Banks, Adelle M. ”Report says trends for U.S. churches mostly pointing down.” The Washington Post. 9/28/11. says-trends-for-us-churches-mostly-pointing- down/2011/09/28/gIQASigH5K_story.html  Blake, John. “Four Ways 9/11 Changed America‟s Attitude Toward Religion.” CNN. 9/3/11. americas-attitude-toward-religion/  Goldberg, Philip. “America the Mystical: Oh Beautiful for Spacious Minds.” Huffington Post. 7/2/11. mystical-oh-b_b_886422.html
  12. 12. + References  Goldsmith, Rabbi Mark. “The Power of Unity: Religious Pluralism in the U.K.” Huffington Post. 5/7/11. pluralism-uk_b_890611.html  Grossman, Cathy Lynn. “More Americans Tailoring Religion to Fit Their Needs.” USA Today. 9/13/11. 14/america-religious-denominations/50376288/1  Heilland, Russell. “Inner Vision and Synchronicity 9 – Jungian Religion.” 6/18/11. synchronicity-9-jungian-religion/
  13. 13. + References  McColman, Carl. “Interspirituality: A Meaningful Alternative to „Spiritual Not Religious.‟” Huffington Post. 12/1/11. religious-alternative_b_1113829.html  McDaniel, Justin. “Thai Buddhism: Magic, Money, and Murder.” Huffington Post. 10/19/11. magic-money-murder_b_1016115.html  McMaddish. “Synchronicity Explained Through Film.” 7/19/11. ed
  14. 14. + References  Miller, Susan Katz. “8 Reasons My Interfaith Family Celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas.” Huffington Post. 12/13/11. family-christmas-and-hanukkah_b_1133561.html  Nauert, Rick. “Identity Shifts for Teens, But Not Their Religion.” Psych Central. 7/1/11. teens-but-not-their-religion/27434.html  Potter, Mark. “How to Start a Religion.” Wikihow. 11/15/11. Religion&action=credits
  15. 15. + References  RealCatholicTV. “Ther IS a Difference.” 9/14/11.  UnificationDotCom. “Spiritual But Not Religious. 11/13/09.  “What is Synchronicity?” Carl Jung Resources. 2011.  Yoffie, Rabbi Eric H. “Ecstasy and the Future of Liberal Religion.” Huffington Post. 7/10/11. the-future-of_b_889779.html