Dr. Ronald Davidson Engages with the Question: How Do You Define Religion?
Dr. Ronald Davidson gives his definition of religion which is “physical, vocal and mental actions done with the supposition of a transcendental reality.” He discusses the following problems with attempting to define religion: many definitions are either functionalist or substantive and often do not take both function and substance into account, many religions do not fit into a Semitic or theist model on which most definitions rely, and some religions do not believe in transcendence, but in immanence. He then relates his definition to Buddhism and to other religions.
Davidson, Ronald M. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Ronald Davidson Engages with the Question: How Do You Define Religion?" May 2012. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. http://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/346
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