Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

<p>Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or

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Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or practice these beliefs. Conversely, many of those who belong to one or more of the world’s most significant religious communities – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – do not believe some of the basic tenets of their faith. This course examines the changing relations between believing and belonging in the modern world.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What belonging involves – identity, worship, rituals and practices
  • Religious exclusivity, inclusivity and pluralism
  • The status and interpretation of sacred texts
  • The variant goals of the religious life, and how they might be reached
  • Religious structures and leadership, at the local level and beyond
  • Religion and politics – some international case studies


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss data on religious adherence. What does it mean to “have no religion”?
  2. Identify the distinction between alternative ways of reaching the goals of personal belief: faith, devotion, action and meditation.
  3. Evaluate the arguments for and against the separation of religion from politics.
  4. Examine the validity and implications of the statement that “Australia is no longer a Christian country”.