The considerations show that there is no simple answer to the question of the truth of religion in general or in particular. As it turns out the answer requires some relativizations, among others to the notion of truth and of religion. The notions of true religion and credibility of religion, though at first sight distinct, seem to condition each other. The notion of the truth of religion can be a valuable instrument of interpretation of religious phenomena not only in philosophy and theology of religion, but in the social sciences of religion too. Introductory remarks Justification of a religious point of view usually consists in attempts to prove that some particular religion is true.
Defining Religion The most fundamental question when examining a religion is "what is religion?" That is a distinctly hard question to answer considering that what is ordinarily considered to be religion is not all it is, and what many consider not to be religion may be near religious (i.e. sports). The truth is that there are no genuine answers to the question of "what is religion". Definitions of religion tend to suffer from one of two problems: they are either too narrow and exclude many of the belief systems which most people will agree are religious, or they are too vague and ambiguous, leading one to conclude that just about any and everything is actually a religion.
The Jewish tradition is skeptical (with good reason) of using Western terminology “since Christians (or others) could use it to see... ... middle of paper ... ...ile the secular environment leaves the door open for interpretation. Repeatedly, commonality of understanding continues to carry the barrier of misinterpretation. Removing the assumptions of application of terminology, misunderstanding of concept, and individual interpretation will help the scholar studying religion. Theology continues to fight for space between all the other methodologies used to answer the questions of why, how, when and where does God and religion fit in with life. Where religion cannot go, theology can.
There are so many questions to ask and so many things that don 't make sense to me because I will never be given an exact answer that is true for all. There are so many different forms of religion, stories of god, questions on if there even is a god, or what else could be the creator of the world? After taking this course I got a better insight on what religion really means to me. Religion is not only a sense of belongingness or what you were taught as a kid but it is what you believe is true to you. This is where truth claims come in.
The question I chose to ask people was “Are religions just human constructions-just psychological or sociological phenomena- or do they tell us real information about the divine and transcendent?” For a few people this was a hard question to answer. The first person I asked is religious, but she is starting to think that maybe she does not agree with her religion. This conversation was interesting to me because she went back and forth between whether religions tell us information about the divine and whether it does not. She finally settled on an answer saying that religions mean different things to different people, but that in the end it is a sociological construction to help them get through the day. She also said that faith is different from religions and that you can have faith without it.
In certain instances, Jung mentions dwellin... ... middle of paper ... ... comprehendible in our reality. Therefore, we should develop our consciousness based on humanistic attitude in order to evolve and be guided spiritually to become whole (filling internal void by adopting religion). Jung’s subjective nature as well his speculative beliefs in his experiences attempts to discover the relation between objective truth (real), psychology, and spirituality (supernatural). He placed tremendous value on the meaning of personal and collective dreams. Jung considered them prophetic and visionary for the collective nature.
So many of our principals and morals are based off of our religions that I’m not sure if people would be able to live without a religion. Going back to the idea I keep bringing up, people want an answer to those big questions and I am just not quite sure if people are just able to sit back and not give any thought to it. If there were no religions I believe the world would be sort of similar to today. It might be more violent and hostile with more differing views as there would be another thing that a person could not connect with others. There would be many disagreements, as every person believes their own thing.
I just assumed we were going to study the Book of Revelation from the Bible. I quickly found out I was wrong and we’d be getting asked existentialist questions like “What 's the meaning of life?”, “Why did God create you?, and “What 's your purpose?”. Some course material that I found helpful in using to answer these questions was Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning. His book has a central theme of logotherapy which highlights that as humans, we seek for meaning in life. His book helped me to look for and find my meaning in life.
the act of belief is critical to religious knowledge and experience. In psychology, skepticism is an enduring value, but in religion it is an intermediate step on the pathway to belief. This sets up a tension between psychology and religion, which results in psychologists having low rates of religious activity, when compared to other scientific and academic groups (Richards & Bergin, 1997). The methods and assumptions favored by psychology have appeared to be incompatible wi... ... middle of paper ... ...terest to psychologists. It also challenges the psychologist’s ingenuity to conduct research on constructs that cannot easily be studied experimentally.
and What's that?" How different people answered these questions is important to study because it shows us the spiritual side of human nature. Especially now, a time of conflict between Islam and Western Civilization, it is important to look back and trace the evolution of religion. To see where we started and perhaps, gain some perspective into what is happening now and what may happen in the future. Early Man As far as archeologists have been able to research, they have found evidence of religious faith and practice.