Relationship Between Religion And Language

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MOI UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

NAME: MAMATI KING’ASIA

REG NO: SASS/PGR/04/2014

COURSE TITLE: THEORIES OF RELIGION

COURSE CODE: REL 803

PRESENTED TO: DR.HASSAN JUMA NDZOVU

TOPIC: RELATIONSHIP BEWEEN LANGUAGE AND RELIGION

DATE: 3RD JUNE 2015

The relationship between Religion and Language
Religion and language are largely related to each other. Religion is acquired through the medium of language. However, both religion and language may be closely connected at a deep level and may be acquired in quite similar ways
The religious instinct .The basis of religion is not belief but is narrative. Narrative is largely a matter of language: narratives are primarily expressed in words (also in pictures, but the pictures generally require verbal elaboration if they are to be understood).
The deep structure of religion is found in Religion being universal in all human societies. This universality and similarity has been interpreted by many people as indicating the presence of a "religion instinct", an inbuilt tendency to religious belief and practice in all human beings. Some have even speculated that there are brain structures that give rise to this. Now, very similar arguments have been applied to language.
Every human society we have encountered has possessed language, and Noam Chomsky has famously claimed that there are similarities in the structure of all languages that point to the existence of a
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