- "The Other National Conversation"
- "Two Worlds of Rituals Are Joined in the Operating Room"
- "In Hispanic Ritual, a Place for Faith and Celebration"
- "Pilgrims at Heart"
- "Is Ritual Circumcision Religious Expression?"
We'll turn our attention today to the behaviors and actions that comprise the component of "ritual" in our worlds, both religious and secular. As with "symbol," we'll attempt to derive a working definition of the concept. We'll also take about a wide range of examples with the goal in mind of categorizing them into four groups.
If time permits, we'll do a quick activity with sacred literature. Otherwise, we'll get that next time.
Homework for Day #5 - Introduction to Religion
Please read the articles from the packet that are assigned for Day #5. Our focus will be on the roles stereotyping and prejudice play in the way people look at world religions. We'll also continue to ponder the role of sacred literature as we move into creation stories.
I've posted a separate blog entry for the initial chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. You are required to post an answer to one of the three questions listed before the start of class next Tuesday, September 9th.
Your first of the "Independent Assignments" is also due by the start of the class on Thursday, September 11th. Remember that you can do them in any order that you choose, and you'll post a response on the appropriate blog page.