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Religion and its Effect on Society and Individuals

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Over the years, society has come to evolve and progressively become more efficient as society’s viewpoints and perspectives on various aspects of life have also changed. However, the one aspect of life that has stayed constant has been religion. The impact of a constant religious opinion on a changing society has detrimental and benign effects on the populace of such a society.

Religion was partly created in an effort to answer the questions that couldn’t be answered in any other way; to provide an explanation for the unexplainable. Each religion in turn has it’s own version of a higher being in which to believe. Giving this higher being a name or title such as “God” implies that it is a person rather an entity. Bhikhu Parekh (2001) states how “for Gandhi, Truth and cosmic spirit was beyond all qualities including moral. As he put it…‘beyond the personal God there is a Formless Essence which our reason cannot comprehend’. Although the cosmic power was without qualities including personality, Gandhi argued that human beings often found it difficult to avoid personalizing it” (p. 36). This personalization makes it easier for people to depend on the entity they believe in for everything. Parekh (2001) also declares that Gandhi believed that if “the individual were to shed the illusion of particularity and selfhood and become a transparent medium of cosmic spirit, he would be able to mobilize enormous spiritual energy within himself and exercise great moral and spiritual power over his fellow men” (p. 56). In order to find peace and become a moral compass one had to find the peaceful and calm energy that is said to have surrounded the gods.

As time has progressed, a divide has been created between scientists and those who strongly...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that society has evolved and progressively become more efficient as society's viewpoints and perspectives on various aspects of life have also changed. the impact of a constant religious opinion has detrimental and benign effects on the populace.
  • Explains that religion was created to answer questions that couldn't be answered in any other way. each religion has its own version of a higher being in which to believe.
  • Opines that religion is a matter of faith and believing that the higher being has created everything. though there is greater evidence supporting the evolution of humankind and the big bang theory, religious beliefs have remained strong through the presence of religious practices.
  • Explains that there have been multiple attempts to intertwine the teachings of religion and science so that both could peacefully co-exist.
  • Argues that intellectual design is evidence that there are many that try to find the point at which one is able to agree with religious and scientific theories.
  • Analyzes how religion has had a large impact on nations and their political standpoint. george washington supported religion and objected to it.
  • Explains the negative effects of religion on youth, such as being a risk factor for certain groups and the joining of cults.
  • Explains that weighing the positive effects against the negative effects of religion on these aspects of society can be difficult to determine whether religion has an overall positive or negative effect on society.
  • Describes pond, a., smith, g. and clement, s. (2010, february 17). religion among the millennials | pew research center's religion
  • Explains that roman catholicism has been the national religion of spain since 589, but there are small amounts of american-based denominations present beginning in the 1970’s.
  • Explains that religion and religious freedom in iran under shi'ite islam can be found at 222 ministries international.
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