If we are to do away with religion it is imperative to erase all of the good which it has encouraged. Religion doesn’t allow us to pick and choose specific teachings and commandments we accept and deny. There are many different religions and people practice in many different ways. For example if we erased Christianity, then we must start with all of its scriptures, stories, maxims, philosophies, and its commandments. In doing this, we sacrifice the foundation of the magnificent classic works of art and inspired writings. Religious art work from the great Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael would never have been created. Shakespeare, who wrote many passages influenced by religion, wouldn’t be one of the best poets and/or playwrights. While these may seem like insignificant losses, imagine the ripple effect this would create. Envision all of the good inspired by religion which we do not see. Some of these things impact criminal activity, marriage and family, community service, and morality. Religion can help to regulate conduct and behavior in society by providing a set of morals that guide for human existence. Religion can also diminish the criminal tendency in human nature. Faith based programs in prisons offer religious studies, religious counseling, and regular prayer sessions. They are open to inmates of all faiths. One goal of these programs is character development which ultimately will reduce criminal activity by keeping inmates from returning to a life of crime after their release. Without religion the crime rate could increase significantly and criminals would have no willingness to change. Marriage and religion influence important aspects of life, including childrearing. Marriage in the United States is traditi... ... middle of paper ... ... and your family. Without religion, this standard may vanish. This could result in a increase in single parents, sexual assault, and sexually transmitted diseases. Religion is an important aspect of life. In some instances it is the foundation of human existence. Even though there are many different religious practices, there are still many overlapping concepts. Religion influences are all around us. One the many influence most Americans carry with them every day is American Money. “In God We Trust” is printed on every bill and coin. This motto was to increase religious sentiment during the Civil War. Religion is embedded in our society. Religion contributes many aspects in our society. Religion manifest itself in simple things like what we eat and ranges to more complex situation such as, how to treat each other. Erasing religion might drastically change society.
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Religion has always been and probably always will be a huge part of the majority of society’s life, dictating their every thought and action. Politics, communication, education, it’s all affected by religion. People’s opinions and views are shaped based on religious texts and speeches, and our laws are too. It’s everywhere we look within the modern world and it is not about to go away, and even back in Elizabethan England religion was a major part of the people’s lives.
Religion has the core principle of universal freedom. Religious faith is the exercise of everyone’s natural rights. I find that religion is slowly fading away but at the same time, it will never vanish. Religion is vital in human-rights. Religion lets people decide what is wrong or rights. It has given people something that they can believe in. Religion provides mental peace and promotes social virtues. It is religion that guides lives and gives mental peace amidst the uncertainties. The social virtues provided from religion is truth, love, and non-violence. Religion is the basis in the life of civilization. It enables us to provide basic value and ethics. Every society needs religion in order to survive. Laws that were created touch basis on some religious morals. As Alexis de Tocqueville said “when any religion whatsoever has cast deep roots within a democracy … preserve it carefully as the most precious inheritance” . Properly preserving inheritance will lead to religious liberty. In conclusion, both religion and freedom make a society more stable and peaceful. Also, religion plays a vital role in social control and welfare. We strive to help out people in need and it’s the act of kindness that is promoted from religion. The large majority of the United States claims to be
With any topic there are bound to be opinions either supporting or rejecting ideas, but overall, religion is a benefit to society. As the research has shown, religion promotes respect and self-control in children, charity in adults, and peace, or lack of violence, in communities. When religious extremists take power and stir up conflicts, there are bound to be negative consequences. When religions and those that practice religions are respected, it can only benefit a society and help it develop.
Religion is intertwined with culture, economics, politics, and modern social relationships on every dimension. Whether you attend a cathedral, a synagogue, or a mosque, habitually, intermittently, or abstain entirely, you simply cannot escape religion.
In conclusion, religion is not a bad thing; in truth it can be remarkably beneficial. Religion brings a base of encouragement to do the right thing and make good decisions. Also with religion comes a sense of comfort knowing that there is always someone or something there that you will always be able to rely on no matter the circumstances. It is always to know that someone or something else believes in you when no one, not even you can believe in yourself. Therefore, religion brings benefits.
After looking at philosophy’s of Goerg W.F. Hegel, Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Jacques Maritain clearly society cannot ignore religion. In ignoring religion society would as a result overlook the essence which makes an individual a whole. There can never be a society free of religion, nor can religion be without the secular social world they are intertwined.
Religion has many effects in any society. It can either destroy it by proving customs wrong or it can guide it like it guides converts to believe in the religion. Religion creates two different societies and while it guides one to become stronger it will destroy another at the same time. Religion guides societies and destroys them.
Throughout the course of history, man has looked to religion for answers. Curiosity as to how we got here and why we are have driven people to seek out answers to these somewhat unanswerable questions. Over the past few thousand years, several varying religions have been established, some more prominent than others. Many of them share a similar story of a divine creator who has always been and will always be. In the case of Christianity, whether true or not, it has proven to be beneficial to society as a whole. The Bible set the standard for the moral compass that humans live their lives by to this day. The key fundamental problem with religion, although not the fault of religion, is that man has often used it as a gateway to power and prominence. In the case of the 18th century Gallican church, the French were abusing their religious powers, thus creating vast inequality throughout France, which eventually led to a rebellion against the church, and the eventual destruction of the church within France.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. -- Swami Vivekananda "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is." -- Albert Camus In this essay, I will explore the religious experience in general and some of its variations around the world. The focus will be on the types of religious beliefs and religious leaders, especially in small-scale societies. An exploration of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or any other major religion is beyond the scope of this essay.
Religion has made people blind, dumb and deaf to the reality. They have faith without reasoning which is blind. On the contrary, it has often made people to become bigots and fanatics. Bigotry and fanaticism have led to persecution, inhuman treatment and misery in the past.
So what is religion? Religion is more than an institution of rituals and beliefs, its more than just going to church on Sunday, its more than just praying 5 times day facing mecca. Religion is a powerful tool for governments. Religion creates a sense of unity that unites all peoples with-in that religion, but also can have the opposite effect. It can cause wars between two opposite religions. Religion is also an inhibitor according to Karl Marx. It stunts progression of many social classes or slows the progression of rights for women. Even though all of these peoples were Atheists, they all could still see the huge impact religion has had on our society, and how it has made us the people as whole we are today.
So many of our principals and morals are based off of our religions that I’m not sure if people would be able to live without a religion. Going back to the idea I keep bringing up, people want an answer to those big questions and I am just not quite sure if people are just able to sit back and not give any thought to it. If there were no religions I believe the world would be sort of similar to today. It might be more violent and hostile with more differing views as there would be another thing that a person could not connect with others. There would be many disagreements, as every person believes their own thing. Religion just seems to be such an important part in lives today and factors into so many decisions that I just couldn’t see the world without
In a functionalistic view religion provides focus and purpose to a society and assists its leadership in controlling the society. In other words it helps society stay on course with the path that its leadership has deems important or suitable. Practicing, praying or preaching a religious belief contributes to the norms of a society, possibly mostly a societies’ mores (Schaefer, 2009). Since religion in itself usually instructs its followers to practice the ideologies of peace and to be submissive to their god and leaders, this helps society be passive on a global level. Many religions that are practiced today are embedded with customs, traditions, an...
Religion is the main source of morals and values today. I feel like many people today are not following the word of God. I think that religion is overlooked, and not taught enough. For example, colleges, high schools, and many other places are not even allowed to pray, teach or preach the word of the bible. I feel like that is a problem in the United States today. It has had the effect of more violence, problems in families, and the non- education of the younger generation. I feel that though religion is choice, it should be introduced, because many don't even get the opportunity to learn about it.
Religion has screwed us up for a long time and we'd be better off without it. By "us" I mean Americans living in the 21st century. Without religions we would have fewer labels separating us from each other and we wouldn't hate Jews or Catholics or Muslims. If we didn't have religions, we wouldn't have to convert anyone or "save" anyone. If we didn't have religions, people could no longer get caught up in the fine lines of religious rightousness or be trapped in a double-standard morality. And most importantly, we would be truly free of religious engendered guilt that never quite goes away.