From: Van oost Kenneth (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 17 Oct 2004 - 09:34:37 GMT
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From: "Scott Chase" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thus it might be good to look at religious belief as a subset of
Terry Eagleton, in his book, Ideology An introduction writes
on page 50,
" To study an ideological formation, then, is among other things to
eximine the complex set of linkages or meditions between its most
articulate and least articulate levels. Organized religion might provide
a useful example. Such religion stretches from highly abtruse metaphy-
sical doctrines to meticulously detailed moral prescriptions governing the
routines of every day.
Religion is just a way of bringing to bear the most fundamental questions
of human existence on a unique individual life. It also contains doctrines
and rituals to rationalize the discrepance between the two_ to account for
why I fail to live up to these cosmic truths, and ( as in confession) to
my daily behaviour to their demands.
Religion consists of a hierarchy of discourses, some of them elaborately
theortical, some ethical and prescriptive, others exhortatory and conso-
latory and the institution of the church ensures that each of these
meshes constantly with the others, to create an unbroken continiuum between
the theoretical and the behavioural.
If ideologies are action- orientated sets of beliefs, then this is one
for their false, partial or disorting nature. "
On page 113,
" Ideology refers specifically to the way power- struggles are fought out at
level of signification;..... Singing the National Anthem comes close to a "
ideological activity as one could imagine, religion, similarly, is properly
purely ideological of the various institutions of civil society. "
But and so Scott, personal I don 't think religion as such is a subset of
as such. Religion is and can be in itself ideological and vice versa
be seen as a set of belief but both notions aren 't convertable in one
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