Name Course Tutor Date Respect for Religion Discussions on religion are controversial in nature due to the varying standpoints and views that people have on life, death, the universe, and explanation of phenomena around the world. Religion is an organized collection of worldviews, cultural systems, and beliefs. Many religions have symbols and books or narratives that explain the history of the religion and the lifestyle that people should follow such as morality and ethics. A large number of religions also have an organized leadership, with the roles of preaching to the masses given to specific people such as the Imams for Muslims and the Clergy for Christians. Many religions also involve various rituals and behaviors such as the time
Throughout history, someone observing world affairs may note that religion is a contentious issue; however, political tension emerges from this very issue in recent times. Doing so has labeled politics as the core of many conflicts worldwide. These battles between religions also inhibit agitation by one group against another, for gaining reputable land, wealth, and political power. Thus, politics is the primary
Many people are sensitive when it comes to religion since religion to them forms part of their individual identity. Religion is not only important for one’s individual identity but also for group identity due to nationalism (Barnard 1). Therefore, most religious conflicts are types of identity based conflicts. In other words, threatening one’s beliefs means threatening one’s religion, and this is the reason why most people would fight for their religion (Barnard 1). Furthermore, religion can be a tool for either unifying a nation or a group or it can lead to the destruction of nations as well as internal state conflicts.
The Bible itself provides a binding of old teachings and principles that can be used even to this day. It is true that the Bible holds and teaches fundamental basis and principles in some of the most practiced religions, but incorporating a whole religious faith with politics and government is not of good intention. With the Bible, one can read of stories and traditions that can be used for reference, for knowledge, humor, and even fun. However, a religion is full of traditions, respective cultures and is different to each being that it takes part in it. Each person in some form or fashion incorporates what they value into decision-making, but the uproar is caused when one enforces it upon one another.
Throughout history religion has been one of the main focuses of the human species and has caused many conflicts among people. Several wars have been waged on the bases of religion and faith to gain superiority or to claim holy lands. The conventional modern view of religion is that some religions such as Islam actually promote violence rather than peace. This has been a source of controversy for a number of years creating many debates trying to either prove or disprove the notion that it is religion that promotes violence and not just radical individuals. Religious violence is a topic of great importance due to how it brings unethical behaviors out of people who would otherwise act in ethical ways.
The differences between the two are the values they hold and the intention of the act. “Religious extremists are willing to murder because they embrace theologies that sanction violence in the service of God. They have no sympathy for their victims, because they view those victims as enemies of God.” (Iannaccone, L. R., & Berman, E. 2006) Religious sects are organized by internal scholarships which strongly contribute to the forming of their values. In addition, Iann... ... middle of paper ... ...terroinnamerel.pdf. Mouhamed Lemine Kettab.
On the other hand religion has long been a controversial issue causing widespread global unrest. The ideology of religion is to promote peace, happiness, and unity; however, more times than not, it produces hatred and anomie. Sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced this concept to explain social instability resulting from the erosion of standards and values, as well as, alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or group. (Schaefer, 2013) The differences between the eastern and western ideologies continue to be a talking point in our current events; however, to comprehend the lifestyle and culture in the Middle East remains a mystery to many not living in that region; by applying the sociological perspectives to religion sociologists are able to better grasp the complex issues that surround it. “In some instances religious loyalties become dysfunctional; that is they contribute to tension and even conflict between groups and nations” (Schaefer, 2013).
Cases that are perceived as religious discrimination might be the result of an interference of the religious sphere with other spheres of the public. For a religious establishment to mistreat other religions for being ‘wrong’ ironically puts the oppressing religion in the wrong, undermining its own validity. Religious intolerance is unacceptable in general and more specifically, in the Holocaust and simply the idea that started the Holocaust. People have an inherent right to express their beliefs and not to be treated indignantly and inhumanely based on those beliefs. Discrimination based on or derived from religion has been a cause of significant suffering.
The Common Origins of the World’s Major Religions All too often in modern society it is the differences and conflicts that serve to separate religious groups that are emphasized. The mainstream media, fundamentalists’ propaganda, and other sources choose to ignore the numerous similarities that many religions share, and instead focus on the divisive elements. In this paper, I will attempt to shed light on the many commonalities in dogma that I believe exist between the major religions of the world. I also want to illustrate the fact that in addition to having similar core teachings, many religions have histories that have either endured or arisen during times of persecution. It is ironic that in many cases, the persecution that a particular group faces happens to be at the hands of the mainstream of a society who at one time or another had been persecuted themselves for their religious beliefs.
There has been a clash between secular thought and religion since its formation of societies in the classical age. Both have made an equal effect on the culture of each empire by influencing people to change their belief on the world. Major religions have made interactions, which affected some of their ideas for what they have become now. The major religions during the classical age are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Daoism, and Zoroastrianism. These religions also have similarities and differences between each other in which it has involved them to what they've become.