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"From the Ted Talk by Sharon Brous: It's time to reclaim religion"

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Well, religious ritual and rites were essentially designed to serve the fntociun of the anniversary, to be a container in which we would hold on to the remnants of that sacred, revelatory eonetncur that birthed the religion in the first place. The problem is that after a few centuries, the date remnias on the canadelr, but the love affair is long dead. That's when we find ourselves in endless, mindless repetitions of words that don't mean anything to us, rising and being seated because someone has asked us to, hdnliog onto jealously guarded doctrine that's completely and wildly out of step with our contemporary reality, engaging in prcfunorety practice smpily because that's the way things have always been done.

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Well, religious ritual and rites were essentially designed to serve the ________ of the anniversary, to be a container in which we would hold on to the remnants of that sacred, revelatory _________ that birthed the religion in the first place. The problem is that after a few centuries, the date _______ on the ________, but the love affair is long dead. That's when we find ourselves in endless, mindless repetitions of words that don't mean anything to us, rising and being seated because someone has asked us to, _______ onto jealously guarded doctrine that's completely and wildly out of step with our contemporary reality, engaging in ___________ practice ______ because that's the way things have always been done.

Solution

  1. function
  2. remains
  3. perfunctory
  4. simply
  5. holding
  6. calendar
  7. encounter

Original Text

Well, religious ritual and rites were essentially designed to serve the function of the anniversary, to be a container in which we would hold on to the remnants of that sacred, revelatory encounter that birthed the religion in the first place. The problem is that after a few centuries, the date remains on the calendar, but the love affair is long dead. That's when we find ourselves in endless, mindless repetitions of words that don't mean anything to us, rising and being seated because someone has asked us to, holding onto jealously guarded doctrine that's completely and wildly out of step with our contemporary reality, engaging in perfunctory practice simply because that's the way things have always been done.

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routine ism 3
religious ritual 3
religious life 3
religious leaders 3
religious extremism 3

Important Words

  1. affair
  2. anniversary
  3. asked
  4. birthed
  5. calendar
  6. centuries
  7. completely
  8. container
  9. contemporary
  10. date
  11. dead
  12. designed
  13. doctrine
  14. encounter
  15. endless
  16. engaging
  17. essentially
  18. find
  19. function
  20. guarded
  21. hold
  22. holding
  23. jealously
  24. long
  25. love
  26. mindless
  27. perfunctory
  28. place
  29. practice
  30. problem
  31. reality
  32. religion
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  34. remains
  35. remnants
  36. repetitions
  37. revelatory
  38. rising
  39. rites
  40. ritual
  41. sacred
  42. seated
  43. serve
  44. simply
  45. step
  46. wildly
  47. words