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foundations of Knowledge - Diderot and D'Alembert's Encyclopédie, Marie-Lan Nguyen, 2010, CC –BY- SA 2.0.©
Supernatural - God creates man (Michelangelo, Ceiling of Sistine Chapel)©
Matter and Energy - Sun (NASA).©
Space and Earth - Solar System Montage (NASA, 2000).©
Gorilla Non-Human Organisms - Gorilla (Credit: E. De Merode, NASA ).©
Human Body and Mind. Courtesy of US Army image gallery.©
Human Society - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948 (United Nations, 1949).©
Human Thought and Art – The Vitruvian Man (Leonardo da Vinci, 1492).©
Technology - Space Shuttle Columbia as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on mission STS-107 (NASA, 2003).©
Human History - The French Revolution (July revolution. July 28, 1830), "Liberty Leading the People", (Eugene Delacroix, 1830).©
Living World
Knowledge Supernatural Universe Humans
Supernatural studies the supernatural phenomena (C. Zins, 2011).  
Pillar 2: Supernatural
Key concepts (Wikipedia): agnosticismatheismbeliefdivinity, faithGodmetaphysicsmysticism, religionspirituality, supernaturaltheism, theology, transcendenc   
(5-11) Category Field En Encyclopedic article M Media (images, videos, virtual tours) C Course R Information resources  
Supernatural - God creates man (Michelangelo, Ceiling of Sistine Chapel)©
Religious studies: Still life with bible, Van Gogh, 1885, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam© 1. Theory (5)
      studies the philosophical, sociological, cultural, religious,
      and historical aspects of the supernatural phenomena.
       Religious studies
          = The academic multidisciplinary, secular study of
              religious beliefs, practices, and institutions.
          En Religious studies (W)
          M  Around the World in 80 Faiths (BBC). Images on Fliker.
                8 episodes on YouTube: Australasia and the Pacific Ring
                of Fire
(59:02), the Far East (58:59), Africa (59:04), the
                Middle East
(58:59), USA (59:00), India (59:00), Latin
(59:02), Europe (58:57). A documentry on 80
                religions and religious practices presented by Pete
          Philosophy of religion
              En Philosophy of religion (W)
          Sociology of religion
              En Sociology of religion (W)  
          Comparative religion
              En Comparative religion (W) 
          History of religion
              En History of religions (W) 
2. Mysticism. Fields: Mysticism. Image: Zodiac Mosaic, 6th century, Beit Alpha Synagogue, Israel; courtesy of NASA.© 2.  Mysticism (6)
      studies the cultural, sociological, psychological,
 historical aspects of the mystic phenomena.
          = The study of the mystic phenomena.
          En Mysticism (W), mysticism (SEP);
Astrology (W)incarnation (W)  
3. Religions (world religions). Image: Study of an Apostle's Hands (Praying Hands), 1508 by Albrecht DÜRER© 3.  Religions
      studies the world religions and spiritual systems.
       3.1 Ancient. Fields: Egyptian Mythology, Greek Mythology. Image: So-called “Zeus of Otricoli”. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek original from the 4th century; Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican; Photograph: Marie-Lan Nguyen (2006).© (1) Ancient (7)
      studies the religions practiced in the past.
            Mesopotamian religion  
          En Mesopotamian religion (W)   
            Egyptian religion
  En Egyptian mythology (W)
            Greek religion
Greek mythology (W)  
            Roman religion
    En Roman religion (W) 
       1. Theory. Fields: Religious Studies (including Philosophy of Religion, Sociology of Religion). Image: The Ancient of Days (detail); a painting by William Blake, 1824.© (2) Monotheism (8)
      studies the three historic monotheist religions.
       M Secrets of Jerusalem's Holliest sites (Natgeotv)
            Judaism (Hebrew)
               En Judaism (W)  
               En Christianity (W)  
               M  VaticanSaint PeterSistine Chapel ... 
               M  Fronline: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
                     (Pt. 1)
(1:49:27), (Pt. 2) (1:51:09) (PBS). The story of the
                     life of Jesus and the rise of Christianity.

               En Islam (W)  
       Kala, a mythical creature, at the Banteay Srei Hindu temple in Angkor Cambodia (detail). Photographer: Manfred Werner, 2001, CC BY-SA 3.0© (3) Asian (9)
      studies religions that were originated and are mainly
      practiced in Asia

               En Buddhism (W)  
               M  The Buddha (PBS)
               En Hinduism (W)  
               En Jainism (W) 
               En Sikhism (W)
               En Confucianism (W)    
               En Taoism (W) 
               En Shinto (W)
               En Bahaism (W)  
               En Zoroastrianism (W) 
       3.4 Modern. Exemplary fields: Cao Dai, New Age, Scientology... Image: The top layers of the earth's atmosphere leading to space (Source: NASA).© (4) Modern (10)
      studies new religions, cults, and spiritual movements
            Cao Dai
               En Cao Dai (W)  
            New Age
               En New Age (W)
               En Scientology (W)  
       3.5 Ethnic Religions: Shamanism, Voodoo. Image: Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest shaman, Photograph: Veton PICQ, 2006. CC-BY-SA 3.0.© (5) Ethnic (11)
      studies ethnically based religions.
               En Shamanism (W) 
               En Voodoo (W) 
We encounter the supernatural in everyday life while we see the birth of a child, face the sudden death of a friend, witness the devastating power of nature, and stare at the sky on dark nights.

We are curious to understand the
“main events,” and eager to answer the “big questions of life.” The supernatural is embodied in the “main events” and in “the details.”

The quest for the supernatural arises from the limitations of reason (C. Zins, 2011).

"The supernatural” is any “thing” that is beyond the empirical visible universe.

Mysticism studies the mystic phenomena. The term “mysticism” refers to beliefs and practices that ascribe meaning, power and qualities, which cannot be explained by empirical scientific exploration, to supernatural phenomena, natural objects, and human activities.

Religion. The term “religion” has diverse definitions but the established religions have common characteristics. Religions are systems of beliefs and practices relating to supernatural phenomena. They strive to shape the believers’ life stance. Religions ground their binding power on the supernatural, generally through authoritative leaders and scripture.

Classification. There are hundreds of religions and spiritual systems. There are several ways to classify the world religions. Here they are classified into five main sub-categories: ancient (2.3.1), monotheism (2.3.2), Asian (2.3.3), modern (2.3.4),
and ethnic (2.3.5).
(C. Zins, 2011).
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