Religion: The Importance Of Religion In Society

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Religion plays a vital role in imparting meaning and explanation on the existence and purpose of mankind. It has been an elemental aspect of many societies across different time periods. Religious beliefs and practices affect everything from an individual level such as personal ethics, to a larger scale such as national and international politics. However, what exactly does religion provide? What needs does it serve? To some, it is a source of morality, to others, it represents membership in an inclusive community. There is no one absolute definition of what constitutes religion because the word provide different meanings to different people. Numerous theorists have explored the subject of the strong sentiments behind religious life with both…show more content…
In the belief of Calvinism, individuals are unable to save themselves; as it has been predetermined (Parsons & Giddens, 2005). Individuals who were chosen would then exhibit certain characteristics, such as diligence, earnestness and wealth. Hence, an intense psychological desire for hints about whether one was actually saved ensue, and people looked to their achievements in worldly matters for signs of indications which came to be seen and valued as signs of God's approval. People thus continue to accumulate and invest their wealth and this in turn gave a large breakthrough to capitalism. However, paradoxically, once capitalism start to prosper, the values held by the Protestants became obsolete (Parsons & Giddens, 2005). Society is now sealed by the spirit of capitalism because it has proven to be extremely beneficial for modernized…show more content…
It even asserts its power in domains such as economy and politics. Despite academics proposing the decline in significance of religion in contemporary society, religion continue to prevail and in some instances, even an upsurge can be observed. Religion can still be observed in the public sphere at least subtly and in times overtly. Religion is active and changing. Today, there is no one single theory that exercise a single dominant influence on the discourse of religion (Beyers, 2013). Durkheim and Weber provided valuable classic insights into understanding the meaning of religion, how its effects ranges from individual, to national, as well as global issues. This continuous vitality further advocates the persistence of the early works of classical theorist on religion, and in particular for the purpose of this research paper, the legacy of Durkheim and Weber. Conclusively, there will always be the desire for man to determine and verify meaning of life and how it should be conducted (Beyers, 2013). Hence, even though there might be changing circumstances due to factors of modernity which results in discrepancy to how religion is being interpreted by different groups in society, as long as society exists, the phenomena of religion as a provider of meaning to life will continue to

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