Religion is one of the most significant aspects in history and during our modern times, giving hope and forgiveness to citizens as they begin their spiritual journey but women’s voices are silenced and kept concealed. In this segment I will research and bring to light the women’s perspective through the hardships and experiences which they’ve encountered and focus on their lifestyle and personal values so we can understand better the role of women and faiths. .
Religion is a subject that is viewed differently by everyone. No matter what religious background you come from your views about religion will be based on your own personal experience. Religion plays a major part on how we live our lives and its how we will use it to raise our kids. Davis, Hook, McAnnally-Linz, and Placeres writes “Furthermore, given that many individuals view religion as a core aspect of their identity, religion may be an important cultural avenue for promoting virtue” (Davis, Hook, McAnnally-Linz, and Placeres 242). Religion has always impacting our lives in so many ways. This can be based on how we treat people, how we see people or even how we interact with people on a daily basis. Getting to know someone and how they were raised is the first step in understanding their religious beliefs and experiences.
When asked the question on my definition of religion, I decided to look at it in a way that goes beyond just my religion. Religion goes much deeper than being something that we just believe in, it is a relationship or a part of a person’s culture. My purpose of religion is something for me to try and understand what my goal in life is, as well as building a relationship with a higher being. Religion gives people that higher being that they can look to for guidance and comfort. I feel that you can also express your culture through religion as well as explain some of the reasons for some of the things that you have done in your life.
I remember being a young, naïve boy getting ready to venture off to my first semester of college at the Lord’s school: Brigham Young University. I was ready to live away from home, stay out however late I felt, and eat as much ice cream as I wanted with no repercussions. Life was going to be amazing! My dreams were soon shattered as was bombarded with homework and essays from all my other classes but there was a light at the end of the tunnel: Religion. I was especially excited to embark on the journey of religion as it had always played an important role in my life and I couldn’t wait to explore seemingly endless verses of scripture and prophecy.
When directed to have a religious experience, I finally realized the irony of not being religious, yet taking a World Religions course. I haven't been to a church service in years so this whole experience-no matter the type of religion -would feel foreign to me. Being agnostic means I don't claim a religion, but from my experience, it felt like religions didn't claim me. I noticed that the last few times I was in church, I felt like an observer. I felt like an imposter as I looked over and saw people immersed in a world that was beyond human connection. How do you believe in a god? How do you put your life and trust into something that is so unknown? These questions swirled inside my head for years until I saw this course and thought I could finally get the answers. Due to my special history with religion, I wondered where to even begin.
Being raised Presbyterian was more like a social gathering than a religious experience. Admittedly there were times when I truly believed in God, but for the most part it didn’t impact my life or how I lived it. I had made up my mind in my early teens of how life was. I looked at people around me and connected closely with those who believed homosexuality was fine and natural, abortion was a woman’s choice and that there was nothing wrong with doing anything you like as long as it does not impede upon another being’s rights. Many of the people who I met with opposing opinions were very wishy washy and were ineffective in defending their beliefs to me. This led me to believe that republicans were wrong, religion was something I didn’t need and God, if he existed, was only someone who created the universe, and not someone worthy of my attention. When I finally met someone who held these opposing beliefs, but was great at defending them, I became interested. How could someone as smart as this man I just met, believe such backwards things. I finally began to take their claims seriously and started questioning others, religious leaders and the internet. After learning these points of views, dissecting them and gaining respect for those who had these beliefs, I eventually came to find that I agreed with them. I think the biggest turning point was realizing that the people who came before me, have been questioning these same issues much longer than I have, so maybe I
Throughout my life I have been lost and confused when it comes down to one aspect of life, religion. I felt out of place in scripture class freshman year because I knew close to nothing about Catholicism and about who God is. Up until my time at Brophy, I did not even really consider religion to be a part of my life. I rarely thought about God and the only times I did were times that were selfish and when I thought I needed help. Like before a big game I would ask him to help me get a hit, or crossing my fingers when it was the final play of a game and hoping God would help. Looking back that’s because I did not truly know who God is, and I’m not saying I do now, but I for sure have a greater understanding through my experience and research. In chapter two I explored who God is and was able to find a good connection of who God is through the words of Reverend Doctor William Barry. Barry brings up the idea of how God and is like our parents in a way how they provide us with comfort and are always there when we need them. This I agree with because I believe that the best way that I have encountered God through my time at Brophy has been through the actions with others, not only my parents, but I have been reinforced that God can be found in simple ways. In my first experience with getting my dog Harper I talked about how that was one of the only strong evidences that I have of God working in my life. And this is most likely because I feel that God was acting as a parent to me
Religion is a hard concept to comprehend. In all honesty what is religion? Is it what we believe is true to our hearts or is it what we are taught to believe.See, I was raised in a Catholic household my parents believed in it strongly, in was in a sense it was their backbone. Both came from very rough as well as different background, the things that they had seen are ones that I can't even begin to imagine. Yet, no matter what you ask them they will tell you that the lord's voice is the one which told them to turn back and the lord's hands are what molded them into whom they were supposed to be.They told me so many stories growing up, some of which I wish I never had the chance of knowing but I know they did it so I could learn from their mistake as well as realize just how alive and real the lord is. When I grew up I was raised by two nineteen year olds, whose hearts blazed like the sun. No matter what they did my parents were filled with passion and the will to make nothing into something, they were my idols I just wanted to be like them meanwhile they just wanted me to be better than them. They showed me who God was and how every time I cried he would be the one to hear me. I remember whenever I was younger my parents had separated. I knew why they were separating but it seemed as they did their fire turned to embers. I questioned myself and I wondered why had God do this to me… to us. Eventually I stopped believing, I began to hate myself, I stopped loving my elf and I
When thinking, about reflecting on a time when I question or challenged a belief or idea, all that comes to mind is religion. This is how I questioned, challenged and had my final decision on Christianity and its beliefs.
Religion has never truly appeared in my life as something of higher importance. Ever since I was little, my family dragged me to church in hopes I would potentially get something out of it. It is prevalent that I never really retained anything from the sermons and the talks about God. Although I was still open to attending the service, I was always full of questions that no one could fully answer. I decided to sit in on an Apostolic Pentecostal church service that my best friend had been attending. While there, I began to understand why religion is important for various people, how religion can be perceived in different ways, and how sometimes it is okay to not truly believe in one religion or another.
Introduction to Religious Quest has given me a more solid understanding on the history of religion. It also gave me a vivid explanation on how and why the world operates in a certain manner and how religion cannot be overlooked because it plays an important role in shaping the human life and character in relation to human experience. Initially, in the first few weeks of classes I had the idea that the class will mainly cover the moral characteristics and obligations in respect to religion placing more emphasis on Christianity given the nature of the Institution. But as time went by, other religion and their ideas were introduced. This made me realize that I have been biased about the term “Religion” in general. Because I come from a Christian background I never really considered how and what other religion and their ideas were like. The only idea that came to my mind was Christianity.
Prior to this class, I viewed religion the way most Anglo-Americans do. From a young age, I was raised around Protestant Christian churches. My family went to church once a week on and off throughout my childhood. At church, I tried to focus for an hour on the sermons based around ancient stories that may or may not have happened. I usually forgot the story within a few hours of exiting the church doors. Like many Americans, this was religion to me. Something you more or less endured in order to say you were religious. This class gave me a totally different perspective on religion. For many Native American tribes, religion is not a separate portion of life. Many tribes have no word for religion. That is because there are religious aspects seen in just about everything they do. While there are cultural differences across various tribes, this idea holds fairly constant through most Native cultures. From the Navajo to the Hopi to the Pueblo and Plains tribes, there is a clear effort made by the Native people to treat everything around them with respect in order to maintain balance in the cosmos.
This composition will give you information on why I chose the topic Christianity. What is compelling about this issue and why is it important in the study of religion? This assignment and the content within it will explain the significance of Christianity across all religions studied. The information in this composition will show in what ways Christianity is significant for religious beliefs. I will give you, the reader an example of how this religion, have a profound effect on my life, and the area I reside. What impact does Christianity have on the everyday lives of people who practice Christianity in my area?
During the course of this class, I have learned a lot about different religions. I still have an unprejudiced view of religion. However, I did not suspend my belief to have an understanding of religion. I have been able to learn of other religious beliefs without feeling threatened of my own. I found there are many different practices in other religions, some I agree with and some I do not agree with. I have come to except others, ways of worship without getting upset. I have become humble in my conclusion now that I have a better understanding of others beliefs. The world seems to jump to conclusions and be judgmental about other religions. Postponing ones judgement on a religion is a difficult thing to do. Being raised and taught a certain religion and set of beliefs is distilled in to one’s mind. I, on the other hand, reserved my personal judgement until I have learned more about it.