I have always been Muslim. I have always been taught about my religion and the Quran. Hearing about other religions is interesting and you question so much of what you know. This book review is on the book When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Charles Kimball. The main purpose of this book is for the author to try to make people understand the relationship between religion and politics. His book looks at how the religious beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has led to violence. I believe the authors goal was to teach people that they have to stop looking at everyone who holds a different belief as competition or danger and take another look at religions with a new mind.
As Judaism is one of the world’s biggest and complex religions, it goes to say that it has changes over time as well. We see first see Judaism in the second century before the birth of Christ, and this is predominantly only in the Middle East. This is in the time of Abraham, when there were no actual Jews at this time, and most of the ancestors of Jewish people were nomadic Semitic tribes that would roam through the Arabic desert. It was to Abraham that God chose, spoke and made His covenant with. God told Abraham that he would have sons and that his family would live out their lives on the land of Canaan. Abraham himself was a leader of one of the Semitic tribes and he had two sons, first Ishmael and the younger was Isaac. A
Before coming into this class, I viewed it as another as another religion class that I would pay no attention to and then forget. I assumed this because I come from a Christian household and grew up going to church and private school. However, it was never boring and much more interesting and informative than I thought it would be. Because of my background, I did not know anything about the other traditions, with the exception of a little understanding about Judaism, all I knew were stereotypes. The five most important and interesting things to me that we learned were how similar all of the traditions are to one another, the idea of syncretism, Thich Naht Hanh’s teachings of emptiness, interconnected, and the way of understanding, the
843 A.D. We the Northmen came to Nantes and killed the bishop and many of the clergy and laymen, both men and women, and we pillaged the city. Thence we set out plunder the lands of lower Aquitaine. Then we arrieved at a island and we carried materials from the mainland to build our houses for the winter.As a reason that we “ Northmen” not believe in god, we are not christians , and we don't have respect towards the monasteries. Our main purpose is to get food and jewelry from others. Many people tagged us as “uncivilized” by cause our way to get what we want and for what we came to.
I found Irving Hexham’s Understanding Word Religions to be informative, inclusive and very enlightening. I particularly enjoyed Hexham’s big picture and unbiased approach to presenting World Religions. It has helped to get an understanding of different religions and see them from all sides. Also, it helped to challenge me to look at people of different religions perspective and find why they believe what they believe. But I found that although Hexham did a good job of staying unbiased he could not get away from his own views and perspective since we all have bias and opinion that drive our thinking.
A meme is an idea or behaviour that spreads from person to person within a society. The word originates from the Greek word “mimeme”, meaning “imitated thing”. The term was coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene in 1976, as the mental equivalent of a gene. Dawkins proposed the idea that social information can change and propagate through a culture in a way similar to genetic changes in a population of organisms; evolution by natural selection. The idea was subsequently introduced in to finding the root of religion, which was named memeplexes, because they contain vast numbers of interacting memes. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, and ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes
Anthropologists have assumed that organized religion began as a way of easing the tensions that arose when hunter-gatherers settled down, however The construction of a massive temple by a group of hunter gathers is evidence that organized religion could have come before the rise of agriculture and other aspects of civilization.
After reading the activity 4.6 and relating it to the concepts in chapter 4 of Heuberger’s book, it is clear that the students’ reaction to the statement of one of their classmates was influenced by the dichotomy culture we live on. It means that “[w]e are likely to accept one side as right and the other as wrong,” right when it consists with our belief system and wrong when it does not (Heuberger 73). We are just the product of multiple influences such as the family, educational institutions, church, clubs, etc. Besides, she was the only student who thought different than the rest of the class.
“Everyone is welcome to the Church for any reason. Whether you want to listen, learn, or participate is fine by me. We just want to get the message of God out there.” he says, visibly uncomfortable addressing the racial makeup of the church and choosing each of his words carefully.
In the book, Religion both guides a society and destroy from both Christianity and the religions of the clans.When the missionary arrived in Africa they brought more than just religion also bringing a new government that forcefully took power and got rid of the of the old culture.Missionary converted many natives to Christianity slowly taking over the clans and destroying the culture for future generation of the clan.An example is when Okwankwo’s son Nwoye chooses to convert Christianity instead of become a farmer or a warrior like his father wanted.Christianity converts many of the natives from Umuofia and neighboring clans creating a new society and bringing a new government, but also destroying the old societies of the native by convering
Within the texts we have explored in class throughout the quarter, many comparisons and connections can be drawn through the lens of religion but also of medicine. However, the topics can blend and combine with other lenses where the line is not clear cut. Nature also presents itself as a lens carried through the religious and medical lens of the texts. The purpose of this piece is to synthesize the arguments presented by the authors while integrating personal thoughts and reactions to the texts. The body is the vessel through which the text and ideas are presented. Within each particular lens, the body will be present as this vessel and create commonalities or differences within the ideas formed.
In The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dorothy and her friends journey to the Emerald City in seek of Oz – the great and powerful wizard. Upon finally reaching him, Dorothy’s dog opens a curtain to reveal that the Wizard is merely an ordinary man speaking into a microphone while using various knobs and levers to create a smoke-and-mirrors effect. In many ways this story is similar to the creation and interpretation of religion by individuals within society.
To understand the distributions of religions, beliefs must be separated first. Universalizing religions are religions trying to appeal to all people globally, not just to one culture or location. Ethnic religions appeal primarily to one group of people living in one place. Atheism is the belief that there is no God and Agnosticism is the belief that the fact that there is a God or no God cannot be proven.
Religious aspects explain the common characteristics which are used to explain how the religion had been formed. Religions have many common factors between the eight aspects which include Belief, sacred stories, religious experiences and religious rituals are the 4 main aspects including the extra 4 ( sacred texts , sacred structures, sacred symbols and religious ethics ). These aspects have a large influence on the religion as they allow people to have a purpose for why they are alive till this very day, to thank those they think have created the world by praying, how everyone should act to those among them through their lifetime and to tell the stories of those who have made the world for what it is today. We also get a deeper understanding of how these religions were formed, by who and why they have so
Throughout history, scholars and researchers have tried to identify the factors drive people to believe in religion. Many unconscious factors arise for reasons behind Religion. While many people find joy and serenity in their religious activities because of ethical teachings other reasons people engage in their faith become apparent in society. A steadily growing body of evidence from the psychology and the social sciences demonstrate that many people’s belief in religion link to psychological and social factors. Psychologically, religion supports people’ need to have personal control over in their lives and reduces anxiety in the events that are out of their control. Sociologically, people want fellowship with others that are in line with their view and look for affirmation in their beliefs from others. Belief in God is dominant and prevalent in contemporary American society. Often many people believe that reasons behind religion come naturally, but social and psychological factors play an influential role in reasons for religion.