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Reading Assignment: Chapter 6, Language, Belief, and Religion

As you read, consider the following questions and/or ideas:

  • Diversity within religion
  • Religious language as a restricted code
  • Is it possible to translate the sacred texts without distorting their religious messages?
  • How does language influence religious thought?

Video Lectures


  Introduction to Language, Belief, and Religion ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Literalism vs. Figurativism ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Christian Flood Story ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Diversity and Uniformity within Religious Traditions ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Language in Religious Practice ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Restricted vs. Elaborated Codes and Linguistic Taboos ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Restricted Codes ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Elaborated Codes ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Taboos ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Language in Ritual ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Paradox in Religious Thought ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    The Paradox of Evil ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Sacred Texts ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Written Texts ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Language Change and Religious Meaning ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Sacredness of the Texts ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Translating Ancient Texts ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Conclusion to chapter 6 ( WMV ) ( MOV )

Lecture Notes

Chapter 6 lecture notes ( PDF )

Quiz

Chapter 6 quiz ( HTML )

Images

Chapter 6 images ( HTML )

Additional Resources

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, August 02). Chapter 6. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/Anthropology/Anthropology_of_Religion/topic6.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License