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The Most Compelling Reason for Studying Religion Today
For me, the word ‘religion’ conjures up images of wailing fat ladies
dressed in their Sunday best singing at the top of their lungs about
the glory of God. Of course, this image comes from my childhood when I
attended the New Testament Church of God in Jamaica every Sunday, rain
or shine, with my grandmother. For her, Church, Christianity and God
was a way of life; a set of principles she believed in and lived by.
For others less convinced, the idea of religion or ‘being religious’
is as far fetched as aliens and UFO’s.
Throughout the centuries, religion has played an important part in
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understanding rather than preaching. It is vital that we can enter into each other?s minds so that even if we do not agree, and if some political regimes are evil, we at least do not assault each other out of ignorance?(Smart 4-6). Just as in my defining religion, studying religion cannot be closed minded. What religion I believe in should not interfere with the way in which we study other religions. Our mind has to accept what is different about them in order to learn what their religion means. ?In the past, most Western study of religion has been thought of as Christian theology; the study of the texts, history, and doctrines of the faith on the assumption that Christian faith, being true, was
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now needs not only to decide whether it is worthwhile to be religious at all but she has a choice between various competing religions. This peculiar situation opens the old issue of truth of religion anew. Those scholars who see the necessity of studying that issue accuse those who neglect it of reductionism: of ignoring what is of the ultimate importance in any religion, i.e. the sphere of transcendence. There is no doubt that individual religions formulate competitive claims to truth and make strong assertions concerning God and his relation to the world. The believers, especially those in the main religious traditions, attribute truth to their religious statements and this truth is for them
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religious traditions on campus or on the street. This makes it even more essential that we cultivate our ability to understand and interpret other people’s religious traditions.
Finally, the academic study of religion is inherently multidisciplinary. This is reflected in our program here at Washington University, which draws faculty from different disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, such as history, anthropology, literature, art history, and political science. Studying religion thus provides you an opportunity to learn about a range of disciplinary approaches, and, even more importantly, the connections and linkages among them. In this way studying religion invites us all to
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leaving the study of religion to religious people is in determining whether they will be objective. Will a Christian when studying, say, Islamic Fundamentalism, be prejudiced in favour of his own faith or will he treat the Islamic religion impartially? Until the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century, Christians referred to, for instance, Judaism as being "false or devilish". It was only after the Enlightenment that Europeans gave names to religions other than those found on the continent and although these were European inventions they were not always right. For example, according to Bill Heilbronn (an authority on Hinduism) , Hinduism was wrongly named and should have correctly been
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over time, and the religion of any given culture will change with its society (McClenon, 1997). One who studies religion is, in essence, studying the change of culture over time. Religion changes with society because it is created by man. Knowing that it is created by man, one also must accept the fact that religion is fallible. Humans are deceptive beings, and do not always have humanities best interest at heart. Often, religious beliefs are driven by selfish motives to benefit an individual or a small group of people. This is the reason why religion can be exploited. In some cases, religion is simply the manipulation of individuals by organized bodies (Stewart, 1998). There have been
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There are different viewpoints on the question “what is the universe made of?” I think that both science and religion offer their own explanation to this topic and they sometimes overlap, which creates contradictions. Therefore, I do not agree with Stephen Jay Gould’s non-overlapping magisterial, which claims that there is a fine line separating science from religion. That being said, I think the conflict between science and religion is only in the study of evolution. It is possible for a scientist to be religious if he is not studying evolution, because science is very broad and it has various studies. In this essay, I will talk about the conflict between religion and science by comparing
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leading to the conclusion that religion is detrimental to society and the individual.
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and institutional, which is both the relationship between the ways institutions develop and also between its social context. Finally, the seventh dimension is the material dimension, a highly underestimated dimension by many scholars when studying religion, which encompasses the many ways in which a religion is exhibited and expressed.It has been argued that a purely academic study of religion, would not be rounded enough to understand it fully - in order to understand a religion, you have to live it, experience it. There are significant differences between the approaches of the scholar and the practicing individual. Eric Sharpe explained these two ways of studying religion: 'Insiders are
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student of religion who was not religious was Malcolm X. His father was a Baptist preacher however he turned to a life of vice and crime and ended up in prison. It was here where he began studying religion and he became acquainted with Elijah Muhammad's Black Muslim sect. His initial intention of joining was to get a parole, however as he started to study deeper into the religion, he converted and when he was paroled he became an outspoken member of the Black Muslim. His life tragically ended as he spoke out against Elijah Muhammad as he found out that his teachings were not that of a true Muslim. Here we see how a man who was without religion, who lived a life selling marijuana, a cocaine
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is out in the world today. However, if they are going to teach religion in schools, it is imperative that they teach about all of the religions and in an unbiased way. Many people do not mind religions being taught about in schools, but they want their religion to be shed in the best light possible, even if it is not the truth. They want their religion to stand out above the others as a more appealing religion for the young of the nation. Religions need to be looked at in a scientific way rather than in a passionate and emotional way. The students must be presented with the facts and nothing more. If they want to go further into studying of a certain religion they need to seek council
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perspectives.Thirdly, The views of Durkheim and Marx will be compared and contrasted.And Finally, This essay will argue which theorists perspectives do I think are most relevantto contemporary times and why I believe this to be true.The Elementary Forms of Religious Life is considered by many to be Durkheim's greatestreligious published work. This book presents its readers with Durkheim's historical andcomparative arguments for the empirical origins of six basic ideas. These categories aretime, space, classification, force, causality and totality. (Rawls 2005, p.4) Durkheim wentabout studying Totemism the religion of the Australian Aboriginals. He argued that bystudying such a primitive society we are
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the effects of studying psychology, then they are probably forgetting that they are social creatures.
Even one of the most eminent thinkers of our time, Albert Einstein, would agree that religion and psychology can work together. "Religion deals only with evaluations of human thought and action: it cannot justifiably speak of facts and relationships between facts. A conflict arises when a religious community insists on the absolute truthfulness of all statements recorded in the Bible, but science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration towards truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion" (Einstein, 1945, p.10). Science encompasses psychology and even Albert Einstein agrees that there is a need for union between the two. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind"(Einstein, 1945, p.363).
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structure that allows us to break each religion into definable aspects and view their characteristics. When studying religion, we can then use them to understand beliefs and support learning of religious frameworks.One of the dimensions in Ninian Smarts model is The Narrative or Mythic dimension (The Open University, Introduction, Pg No 28). This dimension refers to past records and stories that maintain and support a tradition in the practice of religion. It can be argued that myths are non-factual information, however there is no implication that a myth is false (The Open University, Introduction, Pg No 28). These vital stories are either spoken or written accounts of created or historical events
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Religion is a philosophy or a state of mind. It is a concept which goes into extensive depth past the literal perspective. A religion consists of traditions, sub-traditions, and a recognition of a transcendental Being or goal (source: class handout). One way of understanding such a broad topic is through Ninian Smart's model for studying religion. This model allows observers to compare similarities and differences with any religion and gives reasoning for a 'religion' to be classed as one or not. Smart's model uses seven dimensions to analyse religions, of which some dimensions have less significance than others in a particular religion. Buddhism can be seen as the most abstract of the
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always growing, always changing and always taking a new form. The only thing all these religions will ever have in common is their “collective name”.
Kessler, G. (2008). Studying Religion: An Introduction Through Cases. New York: McGraw-
Shaw, G. B. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://web.pdx.edu/~tothm/religion/Definitions.htm
Köstlin, J. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion
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attitudes about delinquency, the point is made clear that its study is relevant. By further studying beliefs of church attendees, delinquent behavior in different regions, denominations, and levels of religiosity, as well as the religious views of actual delinquents, we can continue to develop a more clear picture of religion as an important context for delinquent behavior.
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. Diana's discontent with his name, leads her to rename him after a saint."Why Don't you change it to Dunstan? St. Dunstan was a marvellous person and very much like you--mad about learning, terribly stiff and stern, and an absolute wizard at withstanding temptation." (Davies, 90) This another connection to religion. On top of that, Dunstan becomes very involved, and passionate about studying, and researching saints. This led him in travels around the world so he could pick up information about several living saints. While searching around the world, Dunstan finds out about Le grande Cirque forain de St. Vile and Illusions. Now this brings up the idea of Dunstan coming across magic. The
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Differences in learning styles do cause major problems for international students studying in Australia. For the purpose of this essay, `learning styles' is defined to be the approaches taken by the international students in studying, and `international students' should be read in the context of tertiary students from countries outside Australia. This essay shall concentrate on the main factors, which it may be argued bring about difficulties in learning for international students. which include cultural differences, the expected independence of students as well as the differences in patterns of academic writing.Firstly, cultural differences are a major obstacle for international students
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, moralityand heritage.The study of religion should involve in-depth knowledge into acollection of facts about the worlds religions and about how thesereligions have evolved throughout history. It is quite possiblethat there has never been any race of people since the beginning ofman on earth that can claim that they have no religion. The study ofreligion should not just involve the study of a few insignificantgroups of people but it should necessitate the study of the whole ofmankind. This could be regarded as a powerful if not intriguingsubject. Studying religion may be understood as just a collection ofideas or concepts which relate to God or some other kind ofsupernatural entity. Sometimes it
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him feel closer to Jesus.Antonio's feelings changed as he talked to Florence. Florence speaking about religion made Tony think differently. Antonio started thinking from a different point of view. Tony began to realize that God wasn't perfect. Whenever Antonio prayed to God, his prayers didn't always seem to come true like everyone said they would. Antonio felt bad for judging Florence before he even thought twice about what Florence said.After studying about the catholic religion, Antonio finally got to make his first holy communion. Tony was not only greatly anticipated, but was excited to talk to God. After he did make his communion, Antonio was disappointed. He thought that if he made
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Society in all cultures share a common trait: Religion. Studying religion in any society reveals many of their traits and explains the actions of the individual. For example, Jewish people live their lives according to what was written in the Talmud and the Torah. They respect the Sabbath and also eat Kosher meat. Even when looking at Huxley's A Brave New World, analyzing religion still helps us understand the actions of the societies and characters within the book.
When analyzing religion in any society, one must consider what god the society worships and what purpose that god holds. The `civilized' people in A Brave New World worship the automotive pioneer Henry Ford as their god. But
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another way in which religion played an indirect role in the violence
and protest in Ireland.
Using religion, as an excuse to fight is another aspect that we must
look at when studying violence in Northern Ireland. It is all too
common that war occurs “in the name of religion.” Religion is used to
make separations and distinctions between groups, even if the
disagreement isn’t religious. For example, in Ireland, Catholics are
classified as being rebellious republicans and Protestants are assumed
to be unionists, supporting the union of Britain and Ireland. This
however, is not always the case. Not every Catholic is a radical
republican and not
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Religion plays an integral part in individuals lives, both personally and in societies as sociologists, such as Émile Durkheim and Max Weber, try to understand its impact through the beliefs and functions it holds. Religion is the very basis that some people may live their lives by which their everyday behaviours and actions are influenced. Beyond the behaviour and action, religion may help one find peace with them self and be able to make an identity as some people see their religion as who they are. Through two different perspectives with common similarities, Durkheim and Weber explore the role and impact religion has on societies and how they affect individuals by studying its many
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If medication heals one's corporeity, then law is the medicine for society, maintaining the process of societal order. If religion rectifies one's soul, then law is the religion for society, shaping people's morality and leading to a harmonios society. Law is the "operating system" shaping the society! But is also influenced by people, politics, and social institutions, therefore reflecting the society as a whole! The diverse and multifaceted nature of law, but also it's inseparable relationship permeating almost all aspects of the society attracts and induces me to study law at degree level.
I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed eye-opening texts such as "What about Law?", and I've gained an
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The difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is most visible through art and architecture, demonstrated specifically through an emphasis on religion or classical antiquity, and humanity. During the Middle Ages, art was more religious because it had a very religious influence from the church having such great power in the community. When the Renaissance started, art became more focused on ancient Greece. The Greek influence was because scholars were broadly studying the revival of classical antiquity. The architecture was affected in the same way because in the Middle Ages the style of the buildings was being influenced by religion. The style in the Renaissance was being more
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“Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived,” was a statement made by Oscar Wilde. (Dawkins, pg. 222) In Richard Dawkins book, “The God Delusion,” regards the argument of the supernatural being in religion being not feasible. Richard Dawkins proposes his argument “with rigor and wit, Dawkins eviscerates the arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of the existence of a supreme being.” (Dawkins, 2008) Moreover, the author uses vital assessments by allocating the origins of the religion, analysis of the Darwinian natural selection and other metaphysicists that are the contemporary reasoning for phenomenal causes, and the justification
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the next night.
Throughout Elie’s life he experiences the up and down of this religion. When all looks good Elie finds himself studying Kabbalah and many more areas in his religion, but when the world starts to turn it brings Elie with it along with questions that devour Elie’s religion right before his eyes. Usually then the hero of the story recovers what they lost, but Elie truly went through the Holocaust and the Holocaust only takes; and Elie opens his eyes to find what they took away and that he now travels alone with no beliefs. A deadly night. A devious camp. A destroyed belief. A time when Elie loses something that comes back in forty-years.
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done. One of Twain’s critiques of organized religion is that it is preoccupied with dry facts and out-dated notions instead of seeking how to impact and improve the present society. Huck describes how the Widow Douglas attempted to “learn [him] about Moses and the Bulrushers” (109). But when he found out that “Moses had been dead a considerable long time”, he “didn’t care no more about him” (109). Huck does not find any benefit in studying about dead people.
Furthermore, religion tends to focus more on doctrines and dogmas rather than practical living. During Huck’s stay at the Grangerfords, he attends church with them. Huck describes the preaching as “pretty ornery”; it was “all about
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Religion is the foundation for all societies and cultures. Religion makes people who they are. Because the United States was founded on the principles of religion, the citizens of this country can practice whatever religion they like without being persecuted. The liberties provided under the Constitution allow individuals to practice their religious beliefs openly and without judgment. These beliefs provide guidance and structure in the lives of these individuals. Religion influence many aspects of day to day issues such as life choices, dress, and education. Religion is an important entity in the lives of many. Religious freedom includes the right to assemble for
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Religion and science are the two biggest forces to affect humans in a brief and truth. The end of science is beginning of the religion. Science is studying of material, which is researching the truth, and it must be partitioned to knowledge and theory. Religion is maintaining people's hearts. The purpose of religion is also studying the truth, but it more focus on the life and experience. Jane Goodall is the author of "In The Forest Of Gombe". In her article, looking for the definition of human beings and science and religion is not conflicting with each other; those are Jane Goodall's spiritual journey. Like many Christians, she also shakes faith in God
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Americans in the colonial period were primarily concerned
with matters of religion and conscience. In every aspect of
their society, religion and morality was one of the first things
that came into focus.
In 1688, a group of Quakers voted in favor of a resolution
against slavery. Their reason for doing this was that slavery
was bad enough for any human being to partake in, let alone
Christians like themselves. The Quakers were a
non-discriminatory group of people who believed in religious as
well as personal freedom.
In New England schools, religion and death were the two
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“Science and Religion, two words differ in meaning but have the same goals, to find the meaning of life and what is life. But which weights more? ”
The article tackles about how the religion and science have a clash in terms. How their differences in beliefs and attitudes must judge and appreciate. Bioethics has been born to help science and religion to understand their different lexicons in life. However, even different sectors of religion have their own values and beliefs. Likewise, different science’s views have their own different values and beliefs too. Some people buy their beliefs because they find it interesting and meaningful but some people just buy it because they need too
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, and many methods of studying them have emerged. These methods can include psychological (observing religion as a product of the individual or collective consciousness); sociological (observing the place of religion in civilisation); Darwinian (observing religion as similar to a living organism in its evolution) (ed. Blagden, 2007); and finally phenomenological methods (observing religion without regard for limits defined by reality) (Princeton University, 2011c), under which Smart’s model falls (Ketola & Martikainen, 2011).
Smart’s model, the ‘Seven Dimensions of Religion,’ includes seven aspects that Smart believes are common, to a degree, amongst all religions and subsequently can
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place in modern society depends on the extent to which society has developed and in which direction it has developed. Renowned sociologist Emile Durkheim developed a functional perspective and defined religion according to the functions it performs for society and the individual. Durkheim came to the conclusion that religion gave answers to the unanswerable and "binds society together", after studying a group of Australian Aborigines who were involved in totemic religion. Totemism is when a particular society believes that a natural object or animal has spiritual significance. There is disagreement about whether religion is a unifying force in society bringing people closer together, or a
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the college and finish with a vocational qualification.After you have finished your A-level or your vocational qualification you could go to university. The level of your mark determines which university you could go to. There is a lot of competition between the universities and the pupils are working hard for studying at Cambridge or Oxford.Common students are studying three years for the BA or BSC. Studying a language takes you four years because of studying one year abroad. After getting your BA or BSC you could start your MA which takes you one or two more years. It is followed by PHD which takes two years.Ed, my tandem partner, went to secondary school. He had no compulsory subject and
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his room. Parvez initially fears that his son was hooked on drugs, but later finds out his son started studying the Koran. Parvez accepts him and was thrilled that he wasn’t on drugs, but tension rises when Ali begins criticizing his fathers habits.
Parvez seemingly has lived in Britain for nearly twenty years; he has greatly adapted to British culture and lived a happy and free life. He was born in Lahore where he was taught the Koran. In school “the Maulvi had attached a string to the ceiling and tied it to Parvez’ hair to stop him from falling asleep, while he was studying the Koran.” This most likely caused Parvez to turn away from his strict religion. Parvez was in no way the ideal
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prejudice was directed towards the religion itself, and so does not affect those of Jewish ancestry who have converted to another religion (Britannica).In my readings to me anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism are one of the same. The proper way to describe anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism is in the eye of the beholder. Who is trying to be prejudice may say it as anti-Semitism and one whom is talking about the religious beliefs may say it as anti-Judaism. In writing this paper it has taught me things I never even new by studying the Christianity and the Holocaust.Works Cited:Civilization in the West, Volume 2, Fourth Edition, Kishlansky, Geary, & O'Brien, AddisonWesley Longman, 2001.http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/history/world/wh0031.htmlAnti-Semitism. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved April 23, 2005, from Encyclopedia Britannica Premium Service.http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9007807.
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question: Are they, in fact, equal in meaning or at the very least required of each other for synergistic forward movement? I am not certain that the answer is clear-cut and I believe that personal observations will allow for objective thought for argument – pro or con.
In order to develop my personal philosophy of the relationship between religion and spirituality I had to do some research. I found that there are many definitions, often in direct contradiction of each other. In studying concepts of spirituality, one observation that I found intriguing was offered by Rabbi Adat Shalom (2011) who states, “…spirituality, which takes it’s character from individuality.” In 1997, Dr
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couples are being raised as Jews. This is causing the population of the Jewish religion to decline dramatically.Followers of the Judaism religion can often be recognized by the skullcap called a kippah. A kippah is worn mainly by Jewish men while doing things such as praying, eating and studying. The only wearing the kippah is required is during prayer. The purpose of wearing the kippah is somewhat unclear. Some say that wearing the kippah is to distinguish Jews from Christians, especially during prayer. Other views state that the kippah represents the covering of the head by God's palm.Judaism also has many recognizable holiday traditions such as Shabbat and Hanukkah. Shabbat is a weekly day
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also encompasses clothing style, morality, eating habits, language, and so much more, some of which that vary depending on the religion. Each religion's origins, along with their creation myths, differentiate them from other religions, some of which are very similar. By studying religion, one can understand cultures in different regions and areas of the world much better. Finally, each religion that was covered in this class did have one thing in common and that was each religion having its own special way of promoting peace and harmony.ReferencesEnglish Dissenters (Jan 2008). English Dissenters: Seekers. Retrieved August 15, 2008 from website http://www.exlibris.org/nonconform/engdis
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up by 1st century Palestinians. Also many historians were also studying the bible and showing that that they were written by the hands of man and reflected the time when the man lived.
In modern society, religion and science are still clashing. Many religious paranormal phenomena, also known as miracles, have been attacked by science. Sightings of angels have been explained by hallucinations or mental unbalance. Faith healing is debunked and even evidence that supports this strange phenomenon is unaccepted. Many other issues of such issues have come up in modern society as well. Also there are still many churches that have not accepted what science had told them. The Christian Science
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Definition EssayWiccaGrowing up with an Aunt who considered herself a witch wasn't always the easiest thing to deal with. My Aunt has practiced the Craft of Wicca for as long as I can remember. Although my friends and I were always full of questions, my Aunt would always take time to answer or explain each one of them. I wanted to define the word Wicca because I know it is a confusing word to many people. Most people, when they hear the word Wicca or witch think of evil magic or witch. This is not completely true. Wicca Craft, also known as witchcraft, is both an ancient religion as well as a new religion that encourages its members to progress in their own way and in their own time to
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Why do we just accept things as we perceive them to be? Socrates argued “the unexamined life is not worth living." Everyday people use smart phones, tablets and laptops to access search engines hoping that these will provide the answers to the questions they ask. I cannot help thinking that we have lost the art of questioning and exploration. Search engines can provide answers to mundane questions but they only provide easy answers. Studying Philosophy and Politics will help me to pursue the answers to the big questions in this life.
Wittgenstein’s ‘Philosophical Investigations’ completely opened up, twisted upside-down and reshaped my perception of language and its relationship to
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Knowledge comprises of how an individual thinks, which can be influenced by his/her experience, observation, or what has been taught to him/her. A skeptic is said to be someone who questions knowledge, by asking for clear definition, consistency, or evidence. When I am studying for my exam, when I don’t understand something, I question the definition, consistency, and evidences in order to fully understand what I’m learning, does this make me a skeptic? Through Natural sciences and ethics alike there may have been a few people who can be thought of as a skeptic because they question any knowledge claim that is presented to them. However, the great philosopher Plato once mentioned that we
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Religion has convinced modern society to not only consider humanity’s well-being: what God wants and our place in either Heaven or Hell in the afterlife (Sutter). Religion, even though there are billions of followers, is based solely on what just a few important religious characters have said. For instance, Islam was started by a man named Mohammed, who communicated with God and became a prophet. Nobody saw him or the angel which visited Mohammed at this time, however, when Mohammed came down from the mountain where he was praying, and began to spread the message, people who had previously been polytheists converted to Mohammed’s new religion: Islam. Over the course of Mohammed’s life
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understood, that ideas and authority should be questioned, that an open mind is a good thing. Education does not exist to confirm people's superstitions, and children do not learn to think when they are fed only dogma (Tim Berra)
Tim Berra explains in his book Evolution and the Myth of Creationism that studying religious beliefs belongs in religious settings, not a biology or other science class. Even if the belief is not centered around one religious God, it still pushes the belief that there is a God or Intelligent Designer. The push of religion instructs people to follow their own way of thinking. That they’re certain religion is correct, and there is no other reasoning behind the world around us
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point where it pushes people a way from being religious. These ideas are reflected in David Kupelian's "Killer Culture" and Noah Feldman's "Schools and Morals." Both essays focus on how today's media and schools affect our religion and can sometimes hold us back from being good Christians.Media today has become a major part of our daily lives. Whether we are studying, communicating with friends and family, or even just sitting at home, media is certainly involved one way or another. However, what many of us fail to realize is that media can have disadvantages and sometimes become harmful, especially to youngsters who are going through a period of confusion and self-establishment. In his essay
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return led the restoration of the Temple with a regular sacrificial ritual that would be considered a strong symbolic effect for the Jewish community through Judah and the Mediterranean world. The Jews had a new focus on their identity by the support and influence of the priests and leaders. A common center was slowly developing an emphasis on law, ritual, and regulation for tremendous growth and reestablishment to a distinguished religion. “The mark of the covenant with God through circumcision, strict observance of the Sabbath, various dietary laws and regulations all served to distinguish the faithful Jews as members of YHWH’s people.” The religion also included reading and studying of