The Impact on Culture of Islam and Christianity

analytical Essay
3725 words
3725 words

The definition of religion has two parts in the Webster’s dictionary, the first being a simple belief or reverence in a supernatural being, the second being a personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief. The common man often sees the large religions in the simplest forms, creating obvious differences between the basic beliefs of major religions. These differences, seen in the comparison of Judeo-Christian and Islam worldviews, have had an immense impact upon each separate culture and interpretation of religion within each culture.

In the current political battles across the world, government regulation determines how large the role that a given religion plays within the societal structure. American culture is a result of a strict Protestant perspective traveling the course of time and an associated governmental deregulation of religion (Burr, Religion in American Life: 16). Originally founded on the Christian religion, the United States of America still has roots in religion but is no longer the cohesive religious unit it was when at its genesis. The lack of institutionalized religion provided by the government has allowed a wide variety of religions to prosper within the borders, creating both more religious tolerance and more variations within each religion. Middle Eastern culture, on the other hand, is still strictly religious because of a continuing regulation of religion by the government in power (Jatava, Religions in Modern Society: 136). Culture and religion seem to go hand in hand, as people’s actions are affected by their spiritual beliefs, and their spiritual beliefs stem from their interpretation of their environment. Religion will always have a basis in culture as lo...

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that despite the power of religion in culture, there will always be splinter groups of religious beliefs within similar cultures because people have different personalities and perspectives.
  • Explains that both christianity and islam have sub-religions that reflect cultural differences. the public interpretation of religion stems from negative stereotypes created by extremists dominating the media or public view.
  • Argues that the splinter factions of christianity in the united states deny any relation to dissenter groups who have separated themselves from the mainstream. the society of friends is a form of protestant christianity.
  • Explains that mormonism is a vivid example of this development. the seventh day adventist church has over twelve million followers in the united states.
  • Explains that the largest denomination of christianity, catholicism, has radically different views regarding what happens to the soul when the body is killed.
  • Analyzes the differences between jehovah's witnesses and the mennonites, and argues that both groups identify with the christian faith.
  • Analyzes how the mormon migration to utah amplifies the isolation of mormonism from the rest of the united states, or christianity.
  • Argues that islam is more adaptive than christianity because it prospers in an area already populated with strong cultural diversity.
  • Explains that the two biggest divisions within islam are the sunni muslims and the shiites. the shiite faction originated as a political movement supporting ali as the rightful leader of the islamic state.
  • Explains that morality and the afterlife are approached in nearly the same manner in both subdivisions of islam.
  • Explains the definition of religion in the webster's dictionary, which is a personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief. the united states of america is no longer the cohesive religious unit it was when at its genesis.
  • Argues that the methodology in an argument of religion must be closely analyzed for bias and perspective, convincing the christian reader to re-examine the differences within their own religion.
  • Analyzes how the american media's portrayal of religious events concerning islam damaged the image of islam in general. the middle east interpretation of christianity suffered from the united states taking political action in the arab culture.
  • Cites hinnels, john r., jatava, d.r. and lewis, i.m.
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