read book: world religions about hinduism by huston smith
read smart perfect to the second edition
and read all the PowerPoint and files
Answer three questions essays
I want the writeing free of grammatical errors
Focus on writing and not go out from the axis of the question
Read first and then write I want a good answer
NOTES ON THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION (S)
1. Huston Smith is the author of The Illustrated World’s Religions, revised from The Religions
• He is a PERENNIALIST.
Perennialist =belief that there are enduring truths across all religions, and that all
religions contain value.
• Focuses on the positive and similarities.
• Smith states that this is a book about values, a book about the WISDOM TRADITIONS.
“The enduring religions at their best” “Let the best in each shine through.” (13) “Look at
the cream, not the soured milk.”
• He is theological, but is not confessional or does not proselytize (try to convert).
Theological= Study of G-d, gods or ultimate being. Assumption that religions are
inspired by god/gods or an ultimate being.
• Deals with the faults of religion by stating that institutions are made up of people, who
are partly good, partly bad.
You can be “homesick for the world, according to Smith
2. The Illustrated World’s Religions is not:
1. A religious history
3. Some ways of studying religion:
Perennialism (Wisdom Traditions) (Huston Smith; Gandhi; Karen Armstrong)
Epoche= withholding judgment
Worldviews, dimensions (Ninian Smart)
Focus on differences (i.e. Stephen Prothoro God is Not One.)
(bolded methods are the ones that we will be using)
What ways are there to be an insider, outsider?
Sensibilities= sensibilities are feelings, thoughts and ideas about religion(s) that are tied to a
PLACE or culture. They are not necessarily factual or even true. We all participate in religious
sensibilities without realizing it. Examples of American Religious sensibilities?
Orientalism= Was not a bad thing originally, i.e. Max Mueller (see page 17 of Smith, World’s
Religions). Began to be seen as negative with Edward Said’s book Orientalism. To orientalize
is to exoticize, stereotype and ultimately flatten. It also means to speak for someone else, rather
than let them speak for themselves. Examples of Orientalism?
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