Religion Five Major World Religions

1047 Words Dec 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Religion 101
Brian R. Newsom
REL 101
David Paul
December 11, 2016

Religion 101
During these past weeks, I have made an effort to fathom religion as a whole. From end to end reading, study, independent research, viewing related video clips, and discussions with my co-workers, I now have a healthier understanding of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) and how each came into existence. I am thrilled to share with you some of the brief understandings, and new found opinions that I have obtained during my study and research.
Religion is a broad term which can be used in many contexts. Generally speaking, it is common to hear someone say, “I do that religiously”. This is a different use of the word than most people would actually relate to our discussion but it is not entirely irrelevant. This idiom has a lot of underlying meaning which is relevant. The term religiously means to do thoroughly, conscientiously, with an attention to detail, and to do regularly, as if habitually. In this case we are looking at the secular use of the word but as you can already see there is a relation between the secular and non-secular use of the term.
Religions have commonalities. Religion was born in order to answer the questions who are we, where did we come from, and why do unexplainable things happen around me. Therefore, not surprisingly, religions have a background story of creation. The ancient Egyptians told…
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