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MyReligion Lab Ch1

Key Terms

absolutist Believing in one's received traditions as completely and exclusively true.
agnosticism Belief that if there is anything beyond this life it is impossible for humans to know it.
allegory Narrative using symboles to convey abstract ideas.
atheism Belief that there is no deity.
awakening Full awareness of invisible Reality.
charisma Magnetic attraction, a quality often ascribed to spiritual leaders.
comparative religion A discipline that attempts to compare and understand patterns found in different religious traditions
Creationism Belief that all life was created by God.
dogma Doctrines proclaimed as absolutely true by religious institutions.
enlightenment Wisdom that is though tot come from direct experience of Ultimate Reality.
exclusivism Belief that one's own tradition is the only true religion and that others are invalid
fundamentalism Insistence on what is perceived as the historical form of one's religion.
gnosis Intuitive knowledge of spiritual values
heretic One whose assertions about religion are considered false by his or her religious institution.
immanent Present in the visible world.
incarnation Physical embodiment of the divine.
intelligent design Theory that scientific discoveries prove the existence of an all-encompassing Designer, since they reveal complexities that seem to be beyond chance or evolutionary process.
liberal Taking a flexible, nondogmatic approach
metaphysics Philosophy based on theories of subtle realities that transcend the physical world.
monotheism Belief that there is only one true deity.
mysticism The intuitive perception of spiritual truths beyond the limits of reason.
myth A symbolic story expressing ideas about reality or spiritual theory.
Created by: emappus



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