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International Religi

Spiritual Pathways

Most religions based on 3 basic things: Sacred texts, religious doctorines, conceptions of God.
Sacred texts: beliefs and worship of a deity.
Sacred texts are found in two forms: Canoical and Apocryphal
Canoical texts are: divinely revealed to prophets, saints, etc. from God. Direct revelation
Apocryphal texts are: set forth from religious figures. Deemed less worthy than Canoical texts. Not the result of direct revelation.
Difference in ordinary language and Religious language: Symbolic nature
Rituals are: Organized, predictible patterns of worship
Religious language culturally important in ___ ways: 1. Protect from persecution. 2. Distinguishes sacred places. 3.Sanctions national policies, institutions and practices.
Religious interpertation methods: 1. Orthodox 2. Liberal. 3.Fundamentalist 4. Mystical
Orthodox interpertation- preserves the earliest historical beliefs and practices of a religion. This type of interpretation is exclusive and rejects alternative interpretations.
Fundamentalist interpertation- tends toward selectivity, inflexibility, intolerance, and literalism. emphasize scriptural passages that support their own interpretation, and ignore or misinterpret scriptural passages unfavorable to their views.
Liberal interpertation- variety of methods and considers many forms of scripture-including myths, legends, parables, and proverbs-to understand sacred texts. This type of interpretation often meets with hostility from orthodox interpreters, who consider it heretical.
Mystical interpertation- Mystical interpretation attempts to uncover hidden teachings in sacred texts. The mystic believes that the deeper spiritual truths contained in scripture can only be understood by those in direct contact with God.
Norms: Rules that govern the proper performance of actions. Some ethical some non-ethical.
Non-ethical norms: Rules that you are expected to follow may not be ethical but does not harm anyone.
Ethical norms: Define morality: Keep promises, paying debts, do unto others as you have them do unto you.
Ethical examples: The Ten Commandments and Budhist five precepts.
Created by: BJHughes707



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