Philosophy And Religion : Questions

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Philosophy and Religion:

1. Before Humanities 210, how would you have described the philosophies/religions that influenced your processes for decision making, thinking, and developing preferences? How would you describe your level of conscious choice of and commitment to these philosophies/religions? What helped form or develop the belief in that philosophy/religion?

The religion that most fully influences how I live my life and the choices I make is Christianity. Christianity is an Abrahamic Faith whose guiding belief is the presence of one god who has three parts; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Detrick “Religion”). Originally, my choice to follow Catholicism as my basis for my life was influenced by my parents. Both of my parents have strong relationships with God, and their faith is what drives their choices and actions. Growing up, I attended a Catholic school and received daily education of my faith. The combination of Catholic schooling and my parents’ example truly influenced my faith. As I experience more of the world, I find comfort and peace in my belief in God. My faith helps me feel safe and secure, giving me purpose and direction in my life. I am proud to be a Catholic.

2. After class discussions, have you changed the way you think about the philosophies/religion that influences your processes for decision making, thinking, and developing preferences? Has your level of conscious choice and/or commitment to these philosophies/religions changed? Why or why not?
This humanities class has had a great impact on my religious outlook. I have been a Catholic my entire life, because it is the faith of my family. As I’ve gotten older, I have chosen the Catholic faith and beliefs as the basis for my life, becaus...

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...ted listening to Christian music outside of church. I love the message of Christian music and I enjoy the reminder of God’s love and presence it provides. Many country music songs also include references to God and faith, when they are not talking about drinking or riding in a truck. The rhythm present in each genres is one component that draws me to listen to them. I truly love the rhythm and sound of a banjo in the older, more folk-style country music. I am quite comfortable with my choice of music, but because most of my friends choose to listen to other music, I am open to expanding my exposure. While I do not enjoy the language utilized in the songs my friends enjoy, I do love the beat and rhythm. Now that I am aware that musical preferences have to do with comfort due to familiarity, I can better understand why people chose to listen to certain genres of music.

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