Religion and Spirituality

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1796 words
1796 words

Religion and Spirituality

Since the dawn of human life, people have eternally been searching for the purpose of existence. Humans are innately curious beings, and are blessed to have the capabilities of higher thought processes. Humans use these thought processes to ponder the question of existence. Unfortunately, the evolution of man has not brought the human race any closer to actualizing its purpose on earth. In fact, this issue is such that the more one feels he or she understands it, the more questions concerning it arise. This problem perpetuates itself by the confusion of religion and spirituality, and the roles they hold in society. As the human race evolves, it feels the need to designate structure to its world. As a means to provide structure, man creates both systems of social order, as well as systems of belief. The purpose of the two systems is to explain unknown phenomenon while creating an environment where societies can grow. Humans do this because they have an innate drive to both explain the unknown in addition to perpetuating a society that holds common beliefs and values. One can define these two systems as religion and spirituality. The problem lies in the fact that these two systems are so closely intertwined that oftentimes they are confused as being synonymous. However, this is most definitely not the case. On the contrary, religion’s purpose is to create social structure and congruency. Religion is driven by social purpose, and can be exploited. In fact, a small part of every religion serves a selfish purpose rather than an honorable one. Religion’s purpose is completely different from the purpose of spirituality. Spirituality, on the other hand, deals with personal beliefs about ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that warfare in the name of religion is a recurrent theme throughout human history. the crusades were military attacks organized by western christians against muslim powers to "convert" people to christianity.
  • Explains that it is dangerous to confuse religion and spirituality. religion is culturally based, and created by man. spiritual beliefs are personal and protected from exploitation.
  • Explains bharati, agehananda, and the biennial review of anthropology.
  • Explains stewart, gutherie, "religion: what is it?" journal for the scientific study of religion.
  • Explains that evolution of man has not brought the human race any closer to actualizing its purpose on earth.
  • Explains that religion is a mode of orientation towards reality, and personal beliefs cannot make up the whole of religion.
  • Explains that religion changes with society because it is created by man, and that human beings are deceptive and do not always have humanities best interests at heart.
  • Argues that religion is a man-made institution and that one must accept that it is not the absolute truth.
  • Explains mcclenon, james, and radcliffe-brown, a.r.
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