Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

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Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download. Many scholars ask whether the very word “religion” is too culture- bound to be used in historical and cross- cultural comparison today. I cannot avoid the question, but for practical purposes I will use the term, because for the philosophical and socio logical traditions upon which this book draws, the idea of religion has been central.

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

The justification for its use will depend more on the persuasiveness of the argument of the book as a whole than on a definition; nonetheless definitions help to get things started. In the Preface I offered a simplified version of Geertz’s definition; here I will begin again with a simplified Durkheimian definition, not incompatible with Geertz’s but opening up somewhat different dimensions: Religion is a system of beliefs and practices relative to the sacred that unite those who adhere to them in a moral community.

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

Even this simple definition raises immediately a second definitional issue: What is the sacred? Durkheim defined the sacred as something set apart or forbidden. Durkheim’s definition might be widened to defi ne the sacred as a realm of non ordinary reality. Th e notion of non- ordinary reality, though widely held among a variety of peoples, might appear to be ruled out for modern consciousness.

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

Do we not believe that there is no non- ordinary reality, that ordinary reality is all there is? If so, then cannot both the sacred and religion be relegated to the historic past, to the mistaken beliefs of earlier cultures? But we can draw on Alfred Schutz’s analysis of multiple realities, developing more fully what was sketched in the Preface, to indicate that today we operate all the time in a series of non- ordinary realities as well as in ordinary reality.

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download

Religion in Human Evolution pdf free download


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