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  Transcendence (religion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In religion, transcendence is a condition or state of being that surpasses, and is independent of, physical existence.
Transcendence is described and viewed from a number of diverse perspectives within Hinduism and it's multi-faceted scriptural metaphysics.
Within the Bhagavad Gita transcendence is described as a level of spiritual attainment, or state of being which is open to all spiritual aspirants as the goal of yoga practice.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Transcendence_(religion)   (983 words)

  
 Feminist Philosophy of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Feminist philosophy of religion is important to feminist and nonfeminist philosophy alike for providing a critical understanding of various religious concepts, beliefs, and rituals, as well as of religion as a cultural institution that defines, sanctions, and sometimes challenges gender roles and gender-inflected representations.
The maturing of feminist philosophy of religion as a field distinct from feminist theology was evident at the end of the twentieth century.
One merit of this methodology for feminist philosophy of religion is its exposure of the complexity of gender discourse, the constraints and resistances found in faith practices, and the social conditions of signification.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/feminist-religion   (12187 words)

  
 Philosophy of Religion
Religion, however, has emerged on the geopolitical stage of the late twentieth-century as a significant force leading many to challenge an overly simplistic separation of the worlds of the religious and non‑religious.
In recent years, however, some western philosophers of religion have challenged this view arguing that it is too narrow in scope, and that philosophers of religion need to extend the boundaries of their disci­pline to allow them to take into account other religious traditions and issues raised in those traditions.
Religion and Its Monsters by Timothy K. Beal (Routledge) Wit and a style worthy of a novelist makes this foray into the turgid side of religions well worth a read; as entertaining as it is informative, and it is even rhetorically well grounded.
www.wordtrade.com /religion/philosophyreligionR.htm   (9668 words)

  
 Dissertation Prospectus - Jeff Robbins
It is for this reason that the theme of the trace of transcendence is particularly suited for the problematic of philosophical theology because the trace resists all final or full categorizations, whether presence or absence, or past, present, or future.
Here transcendence is focused on the question of God and the theologian is imagined as one who bends religious and philosophical discourse in his or her desire to express the inexpressible.
The Transcendence of the Ego: An Existentialist Theory of Consciousness, trans by Forrest Williams and Robert Kirkpatrick (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).
web.syr.edu /~jwrobbin/prospectus.html   (4088 words)

  
 Journal of Liberal Religion
Transcendence of the socially defined self is already a tacit aim of UU religion.
The specific dimension is concerned with transcending the ethnocentrism that is a pervasive and persisting blight on human life all over the world, a demonic component in the socially defined self.
We must transcend the assumption that there can be only one valid worldview, but rather come to accept that all individuals must find their way to a subjectively creative pattern of understanding.
www.meadville.edu /LL_JLR_v6_n1_Crane.htm   (4981 words)

  
 The Ambiguities of Transcendence (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Thus, in his comments on defining religion, Berger approvingly refers to Rudolf Otto’s idea of the holy, and suggests in the light of that concept that religious experience must be recognized as distinct from "the experiences of ordinary, everyday reality." Religious experience, then, is almost equated with transcendence.
Transcendence conceived as self-transcendence is the ability we have as human beings to move psychologically from some time-confined present patch of sense or mental datum to some datum or proposition not available within the bounds of the previous present.
The transcendent itself is subject to this judgment; it is not the resolution or determiner of that judgment.
www.religion-online.org.cob-web.org:8888 /showarticle.asp?title=1872   (2823 words)

  
 Theological beliefs in god: concepts of transcendence & immanence
Many, perhaps most, believers in a given religion believe that their particular concept of deity was taught to humans through divine revelation.
Obviously, since no religion is followed by a majority of the world's population, most people are simply mistaken in their beliefs.
Agree with Panentheists that deity is immanent, and permeates the universe.
www.religioustolerance.org /tran_imm.htm   (1294 words)

  
 RELIGION, TRANSCENDENCE, AND SPIRIT
Another example of transcendence occurs when one has felt at one with a particular group of people, or felt her self to be in tune with the cosmos.
These concepts of God transcend mere anthropomorphic images that many humans naturally rely on in their conceptualization of God and they are limited by the languages that guide the thinking of human beings.
Even though one's community transcends the individual, and one can experience ecstasy after the community ball team wins the series, it is not the level of ecstasy one reaches during a feeling of transcendence in union with the universe.
users.frii.com /cnotess/reltrasp.shtml   (5956 words)

  
 The Mahablog » Old-Time Religions
The problem is that, somehow, we’ve allowed religion to be defined by the stupid and the warped, resulting in stupid and warped religion at war with all things rational and humane.
Instead of practicing religion as a guide to transcendence, they’ve reverted to primitive, tribal forms of religion to protect themselves from whatever it is they are afraid of.
Religion is what most people think it is not what a self-selected group of people would like it to be.
www.mahablog.com /2006/05/30/old-time-religions   (7230 words)

  
 Religious Freedom
Swamiji: This attitude is present in all the religions of the West-namely, the Semitic religions.
The transcendence of God, which is their concept of God, cuts off the world from God and converts the world into an evil den of Satan, and the earlier you are rid of it, the better for you.
There are stages of approach in religion: the transcendental approach, the mystical approach, and the universal approach, to which everything has to tend one day or the other.
www.dlshq.org /religions/catholic2.htm   (2393 words)

  
 FACSNET | Putting stories on religion in context
Adam Seligman, a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University, discussed the similarities and differences of the three monotheistic religions at the Dec. 4 conference, "Understanding Religion, Faith and Terrorism," sponsored by FACS and the Religion Newswriters Foundation.
"God brings a transcendent realm, which is perfect, [as opposed to] where we live — a realm of frailty, mutability, injustice, scarcity, a struggle for resources," he said.
In the 19th century, political philosopher Karl Marx called religion "the opiate of the masses." Why would religion serve as an "opiate," if one were to accept Marx's terminology, Seligman asked.
www.facsnet.org /issues/faith/seligman.php3   (1520 words)

  
 My thoughts on Religion
The kind of religion that are more or less entail the worshipping of some god or deities.
I say it is sort of advance in that religion no longer becomes something attached to a sepcific thing(like god), but by a set of activities.
My point is, in your desire to transform the use of religion into some amazing grand specticle, you end up creating a new religion which has all the drawbacks you're wishing to abolish.
www.physicsforums.com /showthread.php?p=922507   (1983 words)

  
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In former times, so he maintained, religion had been the public and private bond linking society and the individual to God or the gods; it was manifest in pious conduct and in cultic behavior.
Suppose I had achieved this transcendence and come face to face with the 'ultimate ground of being' which 'is manifest everywhere in the world, wherever man is searching for the abiding meaning of his existence'.
By contrast, the path of the Asiatic religions seems logically consistent and religiously profound: they start from the ultimate identity of the "I", which is in reality not an "I", with the divine ground of the world.
www.ewtn.com /library/LITURGY/FEASTFTH.TXT   (5366 words)

  
 Civilization and Transcendence
One gentleman has written me that Marx said, "Religion is the opium of the people." That means that the Communists are very adamant against God consciousness because they think that religion has spoiled the whole social atmosphere.
Religion might have been misused, but that does not mean that religion should be avoided.
Simply because religion has not been properly executed by the so-called priests, that does not mean religion should be rejected.
www.webcom.com /~ara/col/books/KR/civ-tra.html   (1853 words)

  
 THE ORIGIN OF VALUE IN A TRANSCENDENT FUNCTION
The peculiar and unaltered identity of internal transcendence is signified by the numinosity of soul.
That apocalypse is a complete transformation of the physical world with a total eradication of death and evil from existence, even to the point of the purification of those who have been damned to punishment for their choice of evil and the destruction of the hell to which they have been committed.
As previously noted, whether a religion happens to be particularly good in its practice is secondary, and it is also true that a religion may actually fail to make any clear distinction between good and evil at all.
www.friesian.com /origin/chap-7.htm   (6427 words)

  
 Religion News Service: Press Releases
First, as a series of conferences and secondly as a grant program designed to sponsor small teams of scientists and humanities scholars to explore more deeply the interface between the latest scientific discoveries and theories, and their implications for ultimate reality.
STARS is a program administered by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, www.ctns.org, in Berkeley, California and intends to further explore the role of scientific discovery and its role in ultimate reality.
In pursuing research at the boundary between science and religion, the Foundation seeks to unite credible and rigorous science with the exploration of humanity's basic spiritual and religious quests.
www.religionnews.com /press02/PR033006.html   (553 words)

  
 Religion and Refugees
Within all religions there are differences of opinion about even some of the most basic tenets of the religion and other doctrinal issues.
As with other religions, there are divisions within Islam, including between fundamentalists and secularists, between Sunni and Shi`a, and the various schools or sects within the larger divisions.
It is important to families to have sons, and a lack of at least one son is cause for sorrow (Woods, 1991).
www3.baylor.edu /~Charles_Kemp/religion_and_refugees.htm   (5109 words)

  
 White Robed Monks of St. Benedict: Mission Statement
Religion results from an experience of the holy or the sacred.
Religion is encoded in the personality by symbols.
The ideas which form the content of every religion are not primarily the product of an externally originating revelation, but of a subjective revelation from within the human psyche.
www.whiterobedmonks.org /monkwhob.html   (1546 words)

  
 CSP - 'The New Age Movement and the Biblical Worldview', by John P. Newport   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
"The urge to transcend self-conscious selfhood is, as I have said, a principal appetite of the soul.
When, for whatever reason, men and women fail to transcend themselves by means of worship, good works and spiritual exercises, they are apt to resort to religion's chemical surrogates." In fact, Huxley goes so far as to wish to mandate that thinking people be subjected to a chemical experience of transcendence.
Hanegraaff of the Netherlands contends that it is primarily in America that we have seen New Age's psychologization of religion and sacralization of psychology.
www.csp.org /chrestomathy/new_age.html   (1146 words)

  
 The God Gene and Genetic & Cultural Evolution of Cooperation.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Hamer makes the case that religion is different from what he calls self-transcendence: religion is what is culturally transmitted, and one's leaning towards self-transcendence is primarily genetic—no god or religion required; so even the title of the book is misleading.
He does do a good job of showing that self-transcendence may be yet another behavioral trait that is independent of others that have been studied, but he does not show that it is independent of cooperation and/or ethnocentrism.
Pointing out that while one's religion is cultural and self-transcendence is primarily genetic, he notes (as have many others) that people marry their own kind when it comes to personality types and chosen religion.
home.comcast.net /~neoeugenics/GodGene.htm   (4126 words)

  
 Science & Theology News - Raman, Grassie touch on transcendence in India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
CALCUTTA, India — Transcendence connects religion and science, moving from the undirected universe of science to the conscious universe of religion, a physicist said in a recent lecture.
“Religion is one word, but it reflects a great diversity of beliefs and practices, and they are changing, too,” Grassie said, adding, “Diversity within a religion is as profound as between the religions.”
After the lectures, Sudipto Ghosh, a member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s Science and Religion Group that sponsored the event, asked whether negative entropy exists and whether there can be order out of disorder.
www.stnews.org /Research-913.htm   (290 words)

  
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Historic religion is not comfortable with either an absolutized morality or a privatized one.
Historic religion seeks a whole man whose unconscious feelings and conscious thoughts are in dialogue with each other, who balances his being and his doing, who is able to speak the whole range of human languages from archetypes to concepts, being neither a stranger to his own depths nor one who finds mundane life profane.
Along with the emergence of Taoism, Buddhism, and Platonism in the first millennium B.C., a quest for transcendence was expressed in the rise of monotheistic religions in the Near East--starting with Judaism, continuing with Christianity, and culminating in Islam.
blue.butler.edu /~jwolfe/HistoricIslam.txt   (822 words)

  
 Religion Without Transcendence?:Edited by D. Z. Phillips and Timothy Tessin:0312176309:eCampus.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
We live in a world in which there are many conceptions of transcendence.
Some philosophers say that they all point, in their way, to a transcendent realm, without which death and life's sorrows have the last word, while their opponents argue that since this realm is an illusion, we must use our own resources to meet life's trials.
Others argue that moral and religious concepts of transcendence are obscured by philosophical notions of transcendence, and must be rescued from them.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=0312176309   (207 words)

  
 Ego Death and Self-Control Cybernetics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The ego death theory holds that the essence and origin of religion is the use of visionary plants to routinely trigger the intense mystic altered state, producing loose cognitive-association binding, which then produces an experience of being controlled by frozen block-universe determinism with a single, pre-existing, ever-existing future.
  The ego death theory is, specifically, the Cybernetic Theory of Ego Transcendence, and it incorporates the entheogen theory of religion.
Newsgroup postings: "cybernetic theory of ego transcendence" -- these publically archived Usenet newsgroup postings establish that I am the first to publically publish the loose-cognition no-free-will crash-and-gratuitous-reset theory of religious experiencing, at least as early as March 16, 1995.
www.egodeath.com   (2492 words)

  
 The God Gene--Bad Science Meets Bad Theology by Albert Mohler on Dean Hamer VMAT-2 spirituality -- Beliefnet.com
Nevertheless, "it successfully passes the test for a solid psychological trait." Well, at least it passes the test of serving as a useful tool that will enable Hamer to continue his argument.
Continuing in a New Age direction, Hamer distinguishes "spirituality" from "religion." Spirituality is tied to his notion of self-transcendence while religion is far more concrete, rational, and particular.
Think Like a Dog To transcend the self, great spiritual heroes may have shut down one part of their brains.
www.beliefnet.com /story/154/story_15458_2.html   (492 words)

  
 Transcendence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Transcendence (religion), the concept that God is a being who is entirely above the created universe.
Transcendentalism, a philosophical movement that advocates that there is an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical
Transcendent (novel), a science-fiction novel by Stephen Baxter
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Transcendence   (182 words)

  
 Module 1a   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Broader definition: Religion is the center of life that gives life meaning.
Religion - unifies our existence by providing the core values from which we derive meaning and goals.
Religion is a system of beliefs and practices that provides values to give life meaning and coherence by directing a person toward transcendence.
www.usol.com /~scio/Module_1a.html   (125 words)

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