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redemption: concept prevalent in Christian doctrines, that the death of Jesus of Nazareth paid the ransom necessary to deliver (i.e., redeem) humanity from the penalties of its sinful condition.

reductionism: the intellectual tendency to explain away the complexities of a phenomenon being examined, by oversimplifying its causes or nature.

reincarnation: term for a soul being reborn into another body after death; for Buddhism rebirth is a more accurate term due to its doctrine of anatman, no soul; see also transmigration.

religion: a person or group’s collective of beliefs, values, and activities concerning their relationship to their conceptions of ultimate reality.

religionist: students or scholars of the discipline of Religious Studies; in older usage for someone deeply committed to a particular faith.

religionswissenschaft: German term for science of religion.

Renaissance: rebirth; post-medieval (c. 14th to early 17th century) movement in the West that ushered in a revival of creativity, especially in the arts, music, and literature, inspired by access to classical Greek and Roman literature.

renunciant: a religious practitioner who renounces ordinary, secular, lay life in the pursuit of religion; could live a solitary ascetic existence or in a religious community.

revelation: disclosure of truth or knowledge from a divine source.

rites of passage: rituals that mark a change in status, e.g. birth, puberty, marriage and death.

ritual: series of traditional actions deemed to be necessary, meaningful, or appropriate in particular situational contexts.

SCHOLARLY APPROACHES

TO THE STUDY

AND TEACHING OF RELIGION

  1. (C)Hillary Rodrigues and John S. Harding 2008; Courtesy Routledge

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