If religion did not have this effect, it would not be religion. But one must still ask if the practices that build up particular communities – churches, mosques, synagogues – also contribute to the building up of more inclusive communities. There is a strong connection between religious and cultural practices. Is there a universal definition of religion that crosses cultures? Religion is a loosely used term by social scientists and historians as though it were cross-cultural.
The leader of a group emphasizes these great social qualities through lectures, hymns, or services. Religion also promotes social solidarity, as emphasized by Emile Durkheim. Through common belief, worship, or simple participation, this strengthens the unity through the set of beliefs and practices that are already settled. Last but not least, a manifest function of religion plays largely on pure recreation. Attending services or activities become h... ... middle of paper ... ... latent functions of religion certainly influence me at a macro-sociological level.
The sense of community in religion shows that they have one faith, and that they find support not only with each other, but also in that they worship. These different perspectives on religion, compared to my original definition, show me that there are so many intricate components of religion. Albanese also describes religion as a “system.” This word
There are so many different beliefs and religion. I think if people look deeply into them, every single person would find themselves to reside with one. If that did happen, I think our world would be a better place. Religion provides community and I think our world needs a sense of community. Also, after looking at so many different religions I do think there is a connection between religion and spirituality.
Thus, these worded questions have not been included in the appendices however as the responses are varied. However, my third question proposed “How important is religion to you?” The general consensus was that religion is only partially important, with some respondents replying that it has no bearing on their lives while a minority stated it is vital. Moreover, respondents were asked to give a concise summary of religion’s and spirituality’s differences. The most notable statement provided entailed “Religion shares beliefs between many human beings, spirituality is personal - only a connection between yourself and serenity”. This is imperative to religion since its role in society is to express common beliefs practiced by a collective community, whilst many believed spirituality is where the moral values and guides an individual lives by is reflected in their lives fulfilling
He mentions that his colleagues were, like the great majority of the students, a mix of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhns. As a Christian he and the rest of the community had to work toward the construction and maintenance of a religiously diverse community. The missionary college emphasized the message that faith was a serious and fundamental matter, that could neither be taken for granted nor dismissed. That message for Smith’s can be echoed in the oversimplified religious society of today. The religious life of humanity according to Smith is one that religiously plural, and this is true for all of us.
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.
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 private and public worship, determine the conditions of membership, give religious instructions, preach its message publically, and publish and circulate religious material (Religious Freedom). Religion has been a heated topic since the beginning of time.
Religion is first and foremost a way of seeing. It can’t change the facts about the world we live in, but it can change the way we see those facts, and that in itself can often make a real difference” (Kushner, 21; course pack, 22). Kushner is saying that religion is much more than the practices and beliefs of that religion. It may not have the power to change the horrible things in our world, but it has the power to shape our views and how we see these things. As I grew stronger in my religious faith, it was almost as if I viewed the world through a whole different lens.
But then different religions and even people within a formally defined religion may hold different views about the nature of God. The only commonality between all religions is that they are all directed at guiding the individual behavior in directions that are expected to lead to their personal good as well as that of the society in general. Unlike other social institutions though, history has proven religion can rally people on a global level (Powell, 2009). Whether your experience is limited to the diversity within the United States of America or firsthand observations abroad, religion, or opinion of some form, religion is instilled and deeply rooted into all people. In a functionalistic view religion provides focus and purpose to a society and assists its leadership in controlling the society.