Western World Religions Spring 2008

2214 words - 9 pages


Bryce Geigle

July 31, 2008

Humanities 14A

C. McCandless

Great Religions of the Eastern World

The study of World Religion is important because it will lead us through a series of thinking experiences that will allow us to function more beneficially in today's modern culture. It will emphasize on method issues, perspectives, and critical thinking. This course also engages students in the activity of self-examination through encounters with different cultural viewpoints on issues of a fundamental human concern.
Respect is a very important aspect of class discipline. Respect towards peers, property, and the teacher all lead to the student in being the best student they can be. If the student does not respect anything in the classroom, the students hamper the learning process themselves; they are the ones without respect, therefore they do not want to learn and are totally responsible for the grade they are given. Respect is fundamental in the process of learning.
Effort is second most important in the learning process. If the student does not want to learn, what will they learn? Will they learn everything, or nothing? If the student does not give full effort and listen every time a lesson is presented, he will not learn anything, therefore failing the course. This depends on the degree of effort, if the effort is high, and the student is somewhat oriented towards attaining a good grade, a high grade of effort will be presented. Effort is the best way in determining a student's will to learn.
The course of religion consists of many different units, some of them concerning what we believe in, why we believe in it, and what can be observed in the future. The religion course encourages us to explore our heritage and our beliefs, something we may never had fully understood. The course helps us to fully understand why we go to a catholic school, for one thing. The course gives an overview of the history of the religion, and what has happened through centuries. It shows us what we believe in, how we understand creation, and then gives us an understanding of creation. The course also gives us an explanation of de-creation, re- creation, the covenant, nationhood, and division (Smith 45). All of these will contribute to our fully understanding our religion.

On the other hand I wanted to look at the religion from another perspective, which is why the world doesn't need religion. Religion has screwed us up for a long time and we'd be better off without it. By "us" I mean Americans living in the 21st century. Without religions we would have fewer labels separating us from each other and we wouldn't hate Jews or Catholics or Muslims. If we didn't have religions, we wouldn't have to convert anyone or "save" anyone. If we didn't have religions, people could no longer get caught up in the fine lines of religious righteousness or be trapped in a double-standard...

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