Bozeman To Banaras Chapter 1 Analysis

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In the first section of Chapter 1 of Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras, the author Diana Eck discusses her personal experience from exploring the encounter of Bozeman and Banaras. The author raises many interesting questions in this section about religious differences, what it means to be of a certain religion, if the label of being a certain religion matters or defines oneself, what another culture or religion means to an individual of another religion, and how members of different religions view one another. Eck explains how she was raised as a Christian in Bozeman under an influence of the church, and during her college years, she travelled to Banaras in India and she experienced a challenge in her faith by observing …show more content…

I chose this quote because I realize that many people including myself encounter other religions and their lifestyle due to multiculturalism in the modern society as well as technology and social media. Having peers who are of other religions, being a part of their lives and seeing pictures, videos, words and thoughts derived from other religions on social media has allowed us to understand and gain knowledge about these religions that alter and reshape our understanding of our own faith. The exposure of different religions in our daily lives through observation and experiences raises countless questions about not only the reasons behind the practices and traditions of other religions but also what this information and knowledge means to one as an individual of another religion. For example, the author 's encounter with Banaras and a few of the people she met allowed her, as a Christian, to realize that people of other religions have similar values or beliefs and she realized the possibility that "god really encounters us in the lives of people of all other faith" (10). It is also important to note that everyone has a different personal experience and perception of these encounters as personal beliefs and opinions play a part in building up the

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