Religion – Final Reflection Paper

1195 WordsOct 16, 20065 Pages
Introduction Religion has many classifications, such as tribal, classical, transcendental and cosmological, usually based on one's belief and understandings. Religion also has many definitions, usually based on one's experience. A particular definition that I found was Religion originates in an attempt to represent and order beliefs, feelings, imaginings and actions that arise in response to direct experience of the sacred and the spiritual (Connelly, 1986). Religion also has many characteristics such as rituals, symbols and myths which play in an important part in how religion is viewed. We will take a look on how the definition, classification and characteristics of religion and how it ties into our understanding of the universe and…show more content…
Ancestors were no longer a part of this world; but of a heavenly body, part of a different world. No longer was there a need to consult with stars, animals and nature; but with God himself. We begin to understand our relationship with God, and our purpose in the universe. Our beliefs and feelings play an important role in religion. If we believe in the supernatural or sacred of a rock, an animal, or place and it becomes a social aspect of the communities' lives, then it has become a religion. These beliefs are based on experiences and as these experiences grow, they become traditions with significant events marking the history of the religion. With these tradition though, comes rituals, symbols and myths. Religion characteristics When tribes developed their religions, they created rituals, repeated pattern of a ceremony that has spiritual meaning for the persons performing it. Rituals could have started in the beginning with man needed something such as fire, and creating a dance for it, and by chance lightning stuck, and fire was created. This dance became a ceremony for fire, and then would soon become a ritual for it. Of course, the beginning of the tale about the dance for fire would be told through oral stories from generation to generation. These stories become bigger and bigger to where reality and fantasy meet. This crossing is called myths, a symbolic story expressing ideas about reality or spiritual history (Fisher, 511). Some myths though
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