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Throughout human history, religion has provided humankind with answers to fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. It has provided explanations of the “ultimate concern” of humanity, “humankind,” the “history” of humanity, “ethics,” and humanity’s “predicament.” It has provided these answers through intuition rather than through reason. Although attempts have been made to justify religion logically, it remains a matter of faith as none of the answers that it has provided can be proved through a series of logicol arguments. Still, religion holds tremendous influence over our interpretation of reality. -religions can be grouped by the answers that they provide into 3 categories -African primal, traditional Native American; Hinduism, Theravada Bhudism; C Polytheism -concerned with nature, fertility of the Earth, and the natural order primal African religion serves as an example in that the culture resolves around farming all agricultural people Native american love of the land, corn -with respect to humankind there is no separation of soul and body African belief in multiple parts of people Hopi view people as “complete” entities -view human and natural history as a cycle of reacurring events each year they plant, raise and harvest corn yams staple crop -Ethical concerns consist of folk morality and a concern for fulfilment of duty both African and Native American societies stress the obligations of individuals to the group or tribe -the predicament of humanity is a harsh enviornment that we need to survive nature can be unpradictable and crops can fail both religions stress continuity Human society must pass from g-g African concern for “full life” and ancestor spirits Monism -characterised by a concern beyond the natural order While certain Hindu Gods have certain realms as in p, all of creation in “Brahman” or the spiritual essence...

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