Defining Religion

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When searching for the meaning of the term religion one most go a long way in making an extensive search to actually form a definition that can fit such a broad word. There is no one definition that can satisfy all religions and remain true to all religions throughout its answer. There are many different views and definitions of the word and it is very hard to come up with a reasonable definition that sums such a massive expression up. Religion when used as a single word is almost impossible to define. Different people especially in different religions will all have a difference in opinion when trying to use very few words to define religion. I feel that the definitions in the book are all correct to some extent and may be missing a few…show more content…
I think that all religions are being greatly altered for different reasons. With the things that go on around us, one may except some but not all the laws of a certain religion, and began to alter their religious beliefs in that system to one that they can better relate to. If a person is seeing constant violence within their environment and they are in a religion where they are being taught to "turn the other cheek," their view of that system will probably alter given the influences that they have everyday. That person would still consider themselves a follower of that religion, but with exceptions to certain beliefs and practices of that religion. This would be one example of how a religion may be altered. Religions are being altered and blended into other religions in so many ways, it is hard to distinguish of which religion some groups are following because they have incorporated other religions into their practices so that it adjust to their lifestyles. The definitions used in the book are good definitions, but too broad. I think that both definitions are vague, but they are vague so that they stay in the guidelines of applying to all religions. It would be harder to personalize these definitions because once you add precision you lose different religion groups. I understand why these definitions not as precise as that of a certain religion like defining the Christianity Religion, or defining the Hindu Religion. When

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