God is hearing and knowing." [2:256]. By just looking at the Biblical and Quranic definitions of religion, we can come to a conclusion that all religions believe in supernatural and/or divine power, they have a defined distinctions between the sacred and the profane and they all perform ritual acts. Religion has an imperative part to play in the improvement of society and in reality it is the most vital factor in the development of people as I will legitimize in this paper. The relevance of religion in today 's society is incomparable compared to the
1.6 Brief Descriptions of the Chapters Chapter one is titled, “Alston’s Perceptual Model of Religious Experience: A Critical Analysis.” In this chapter Alston’s perceptual model of religious experience will be presented, analyzed and critiqued. Historically, studies on religious experiences consist in two main approaches. The first and most prominent is the rational approach to the study of religion and religious experience. This approach tries to establish the objectivity of religious beliefs from religious experiences. The second is to study religion and religious experiences from more subjective point of view.
Social constructionism is a major theory used in the academic study of religion. Social constructionism is the theory that reality, truth and meaning is just society just running its course. Bringing this into perspective there have been many different viewpoints as to whether or not this is a valid idea or whether this becomes a paradox of some kind. The idea that our religions has been constructed by the humans living in due to the social process of human beings living through life. Now if truth, reality and meaning are constructed by people, the idea of institutions seems preposterous to most people.
Religion is considered to be the most influential and persuasive force that inspires individuals and communities. The pre history events reveal that actions of love and self-sacrifice are rooted in holding religious beliefs. Kimbell, in his book, When Religion Becomes Evil, defines religion, “The word religion evokes a wide variety of images, ideas, practices, beliefs, and experiences, some positive and some negative” (pg 20). Hence, religion involves human understanding; the way people value God and some personal thinking of fundamental reality. Religious life is set in that way that defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
There are many religions around the world. Not only that, there are many religious organizations, secrets and alternative learning programs. Today’s society gives the public the choice to associate themselves with the religion that best suits their spirit and the option on what he or she believes the most. However, the essence is that religions are not so different from each other. Every religion has fundamental questions about the creation of the world, the man, the immortality and the meaning.
Introduction: Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is so powerful and omnipotent, why doesn’t God prevent misfortune from occurring to these so called ‘good people’? There are stages of adapting to religion similar to stages of life and a person’s development. In life, everyone has a sensational expedition that makes them unique and true to themselves in which religion can play a key part. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel and Life of Pi by Yann Martel, there is a captivating pursuit of survival confronted through the characters spiritual and religious ideologies.
In fact there are many people who would argue that we could not function without religion. The biggest reason that society needs religion is to regulate behavior. Most of the laws that we follow today have their basis in religious teachings. There is considerable debate as to whether or not religion is required to make us good people but what is beyond dispute is that the rules for what is acceptable for society are largely based on religion. Without religion we would almost certainly live in a different type of society.
In “Morality and Religion: A Psychological Perspective, the authors, Anca Mustea, Oana Negru, and Adrian Opre explore how religion and morality relate to each other. The article begins by discussing different psychological theories and research to create some understanding of how religion could apply into the morality of people. The authors also discuss cultural approaches as to how religion and morality fit together which tends lead to a lack of understanding since researchers show favor to their own cultural perspective. Finally, the authors providing some direction to the possibilities of how religion and morality relate to each other from their perspectives. While I found this article interesting, it was difficult to read considering the many concepts discussed.
As Mohammad Ali Jinnah once said: “Religion is merely a matter between man and God.” According to Hassan Nisar a popular critic who often critiques various political parties and systems, he believes that our system is like an engine or a machine, and a machine is always secular. Hindus, Christians, Jews, and other religions all are a part of our community and one religion cannot be the prime focus of our laws and legislation. Social Context: MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT People might not realize but media and secularism are interlinked. Media comprises of groups, individuals, websites, TV channels and other forms, that have the job to convey information to people. The media has the power to alter the ideologies and mindsets of the masses.
I would start from the origin of the religion providing details about its rituals and ideals. The next part focuses how religion constructs the identity over time, and the threats perceived by the followers. My main focus is the huge correlation between the protection of religious values and identity and how the followers of one religion overlap the two. It becomes difficult to know whether they are protecting their religion or the identity which is constructed due to religious values. A large number of social scientists have provided various theories in relation identity and its formation.