The Sacred And Profane By Eliade

1405 WordsFeb 22, 20166 Pages
Eliade, in his book “The Sacred and Profane,” poses an interesting conjecture that all people are inherently religious. What one does and the decision they make in their lives are all reflections on what they find sacred. Sacred in this context is an extension of one’s belief held up in high esteem to the point where what is deemed sacred is god like. Religion is the frame that interprets what is sacred and gives it a name and a face. Christians, for example, view Christmas as a sacred time as it is the season of the birth of their savior; Jews view the Passover as sacred as it represents a time in their religious history where God passed over the Jews while sending a message to their enemies. What is sacred can manifest itself in any shape, form, or time; truly entering the fourth dimension of space. If something sacred is god like, what is sacred to those who do not have a God? How can something be sacred if there is not a frame of reference for the thing to be sacred? How can every decision a person makes be reflect what they find sacred, if they do not have a religious language to reflect this phenomena? Secular is often seen as the opposite of sacred, and can be defined as literally an attitude, activity, or thing that has no religious or spiritual basis. However, this definition does not include sacred within it. Religious and “sacred” are not synonyms, but they are by no means mutually exclusive, one can exist in tandem with the other. Sacred is the expression while
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