Philosophy of Religion
Chapter 2. Religions of the World
Section 1. Introduction
|Religions can be compared and contrasted with one another. However, you may first ask "what is a religion?" Religions may be called such because they share in a number of traits or family characteristics that identify them as belonging to the set of phenomena that are commonly referred to as being a "religion". While it is not necessary that each religion demonstrate all of these features, the more of these features a phenomena manifests, the more likely it is that the phenomena will be called a "religion". You should learn about a number of religions by reading and speaking to members of the religion, visiting houses of worship, viewing films and websites concerning the religion. When you do attempt to recognize these features if you can.|
of a Religion
Elements of Religions and their Worldview:
|In the sections of this chapter that follow most of the
Major Living Religions of the World will be presented. They have
long and rich traditions. There is an enormous amount of material
available in print medium, in films and videos and on the world wide
web. This text will present materials through active links to
internet sites. You should read enough of the materials in order to
understand how each of the religions displays the characteristics listed
The journey through these sections serves as a mere introduction to the study of these religions. A study of the living religions of this world could easily take an entire lifetime and for some scholars it has. The purpose here is to gain an understanding of the fundamental features of the religions. It should prove to be a most fascinating experience! The reader is encouraged to read as much as is interesting to the reader but at least to read as much as is needed to gain the understanding of the fundamentals. This material is not intended to serve as a comprehensive or in depth presentation of the religions of the world.
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