The author moves the history onto another trajectory by investigating the connection between native identity and politics to protect their way of life. Dowd states that tribal religion interconnected with “Indian politics.” Investigating the Pan-Indian movement, Dowd offers historians with a new inquiry, which questions the importance that native religion had in forming an identity in resistance. Examining memoirs and journals, Dowd argues that the visions of the prophets “received revelations” that promoted the nativists’ resistance against Europeans. Dowd reexamines Brown’s argument by focusing on how accommodationists merged native and European traditions together. However, Dowd progresses the course of history by arguing that the nativist rejected the accommodationists.
Appiah tries to persuade people that there are fundamental beliefs that we won’t agree on. The reason that Muslin should go to Mecca cannot be agreed by Muslims themselves. Also, “religious practices trike us not as morally indifferent but as actually wrong” (18). A rule book tells us how to deal with conflict, but people may disagree with it.
And is this what “God”wants from us? Does race and religion enrich our lives or give us reasons to hate one
If religion is, strictly speaking, anthropology then we must, if we are religious persons, grow up and realize that God and man are identical. Yet if we do not accept the theories upon which this conclusion is drawn then we must admit to something other than humankind, which is irreducible to the material
In discussions of whether there are double standards in religion when it comes to race, a controversial issue is whether white people use it as a tool to discriminate. While some argue that the Christian World in united between races, others contend that there is a racial divide within the Christian community. Of course, this is not a black and white issue. Both statements are generalizations of a large community of people. It’s impossible to say whether it is one way or the other, however, Baldwin does make an excellent point in saying that, “People, I felt, ought to love The Lord because they loved Him, and not because they were afraid of going to Hell.” (The Fire Next Time pg.
Comparison of Weber and Durkheim in the area of Religion by Margaret Stowe A comparison of the views of Max Weber and Emil Durkheim in the area of religion and its role in shaping social behaviour and history shows that the two thinkers have a different method, language, and resulting theory. It is made more interesting by looking at the upbringing and religious orientation of each thinker, Weber being the Protestant Christian and Durkheim the agnostic. A few main themes of difference between the theories of the two thinkers are evident. Weber’s focus was on the individual and their relationship with their god, Durkheim focusing on the effects of religion as a group activity. Weber focused on the economic effects, Durkheim, the moral.
The major thesis in this book, are broken down into two components. The first is how we define racism, and the impact that definition has on how we see and understand racism. Dr. Beverly Tatum chooses to use the definition given by “David Wellman that defines racism as a system of advantages based on race” (1470). This definition of racism helps to establish Dr. Tatum’s theories of racial injustice and the advantages either willingly or unwillingly that white privilege plays in our society today. The second major thesis in this book is the significant role that a racial identity has in our society.
This is an extremely worrying scenario. So we can certainly say that the negative influence of religion has not waned. So does religion divide or unite? It’s a question of the ages. Religion is supposed to create a sense of community and it has done so.
Phenomenology of Religion Discuss the following from Mircea Eliade as representative of phenomenological method: The historian of religions uses an empirical method of approach. He is concerned with religio-historical facts which he seeks to understand and to make intelligible to others. He is attracted to both the meaning of religious phenomenon and to its history; he tries to do justice to both and not to sacrifice either one of them. (Eliade 1959, 88) Does Wilfred Cantwell Smith contribute something different to the phenomenological method? If so, what?
There would be arguments stating that morality would depend on the culture and context you are living in. Going back to the various perspectives on morality, constructed morality can be used as an argument to back this up. Discussions about this aspect of morality are launched based from Marx’s famous line “Man makes religion, religion does not make man”. With this, we depart from the religious aspect of morality and focusing on how it is a social construct. “The social constructionist argument posits reciprocity between human agency and the social system” (Matthews et al., 2004).
It is here that Dailey makes her point that we as Americans overlook religion in history as being “archaic” and not of bold importance to modern American history. This statement can be one of monumental implications. The importance of consignation in the civil rights movement, which as Dailey described time and time again was tied to religious beliefs at the foundation of the struggle, could parallel many other historical events where religious thought is overlook as a motive or point of structure. Ultimately, it is of this readers analysis, that Dailey is showing us an example of how the dogma of religion and history should be embraced so as to get accurate representation of a time and