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Religion: The Kerosene That Enlarges The Fire

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Religion has been utilized by many cultures throughout history not only as a venue for people to find a higher power to call on, but it also allows societies to create communities that serve a central purpose. Religion has given communities the ability to have distinct moral guidelines, appoint leaders and followers and set a standard for every member of the religion. Although religion creates order in our world, it has initiated some of the worst divisions amongst mankind. At the root of all conflicts that involve religion, the catalyst that allows these problems to grow is interpretation. While some utilize religion to find shelter, others utilize it to create havoc and chaos. While some ...view middle of the document...

Today we refer to them as Pilgrims. Despite their story being very old, their ambition for a better life is something many people posses to this day. With a mandate that everyone had to belong to the Church of England, people were getting fed up. With newfound religious freedoms, early settlers could create communities that upheld whatever faith they wanted it to. They had the opportunity to recreate their own society without having anyone but their faith to decide right from wrong. In The Color of Christ, the authors make it clear that some of the early settlers really exploited this newfound land while still using religion to justify some of their actions. As time progressed the image of white settlers depicted Jesus as a white male, making them far more Christ like than any other race.
In The Color of Christ, the authors narrate the story of race in America while tying in the influence of religion. The authors do a tremendous job of showing how religion was used by both the oppressor and oppressed during pivotal points in American history. The book focuses on the image of Christ and how different groups/communities viewed and depicted Jesus. The Color of Christ reveals how our nation, the same one that was founded by Puritans, came to believe in the depiction of a white Jesus Christ. Some argue that the Puritans are to blame for the destruction of the depiction of Jesus in America. In this book, we see that, by some envisioning a white Christ, it allowed them to go to the lengths of using Christ's image to pardon the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans. In a sense, by making Christ appear White, all the actions of the white Christian settlers seemed blessed and pardoned.
Slavery, although abolished in the United States today, was once argued by some as an appropriate institution that was essential for the balance of nature and the growth of the U.S. economy. With slavery tremendously aiding the U.S. economy, some feared that the abolishment of Slavery would lead to widespread unemployment and the destruction of the U.S. economy. Those in favor of slavery, argued that slavery had existed throughout history far before The United States and was the natural order for mankind. They strategically pointed out that even some of the greatest societies and kingdoms like Greece, Athens, Egypt,...

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