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.
The Existence of God Works Cited Not Included For centuries, the idea of God has been a part of man's history. Past and present, there has always been a different integration consisting of the believers and the non-believers of God. The group of those who have "faith" in God tend to be related to one religion or another. On the other hand, the skeptics find the existence of God somewhat puzzling and try to seek the answers through scientific methods. Even as of today with all the modern technologies and the development of sciences, we still do not have a definitive answer to the question "does God exist?"
Morality indicates the relevant code of conduct about a certain aspect. It defines a particular religion or culture believes as good or bad. Religion is a group of people who follow a certain system of faith and worship. In addition, religious groups have common beliefs (Geyer and Roy 2). For example, Christians believe in living a faithful life to please their God.
But, I think spirituality can be applied to any religion. For Christianity, I believe that I have a guardian angel that lives in a spiritual world, who protects me. As a result of this course I definitely have a better understanding and a greater respect for religion. Religion is a big part of many cultures. Each religion has its unique aspects that they value.
Chapter 1 B: One of the approaches that define religion to me is the Functional Approach by Milton Yinger. He focused on what “religion does” (Roberts and Yamane 2012:6). In other words, how do people function based on their faith or religion. This approach is how people in society function based on how religion affects them. The functional definition is more inclusive because sociologist who uses this approach look at all forms of religion or faith-based practices that people have, new and old.
Under the Rational Choice Theory, people use their experience, preferences, desires, needs, and understanding of costs when choosing their religion. It acknowledges the existence, history, and influence of religious beliefs and institutions that leads to “people turn[ing] to those ideas and systems for answers, consolation, protection, promises, and solutions” (Johnstone 37). Now that I’ve learned about the Rational Choice Theory, I do believe that it fully explains why believers choose their religion. Last year, I wrote an essay around my thesis that religion, unlike any other belief system (such as a purely scientific approach), provides an enhanced sense of autonomy to believers. Through religion, believers may feel they have some control over the course of their lives because of their connection to their God(s) or their ability to pray and follow their religion’s practices.
More than ever before, religion seems to be the topic of many debates and discussions worldwide. We argue where religion should be allowed and how much of an effect it can have on our governments. I believe that these arguments are the wrong ones. The discussion we should be having, is, do we really have religion if we base everything we know on what our parents believed and not what we discovered on our own. So many people claim to have religion, but what does it really mean anything if you only have religion because our parents told you to.
One may not be able to understand why humans are inevitably going to die. An Indian legend or story from Genesis in the Bible can satisfy the curiousity. It may be an explanation that is silly to some and widely accepted by others. Some key function of myth in religion as discussed in Beliefs and Believers and the video series are as follows: It answers profound life questions. This is important to religious followers as described in the above paragraph.
My overall take on this experience was positive. I am grateful that Professor Rodkey had this project in place for the course. It opened my eyes into seeing that there is so much more in a religion. Religion consists of cultures, beliefs, and even a style of clothing. I think that if I haven’t have had this experience, I wouldn’t know what else is out there.