Confirmation in Christianity and Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Judaism have many similarities and differences.
Religions affect the lives of its followers greatly because if you're a Muslim you have to pray five times a day, if you're a Jew you can't have any other gods, and if you believe in Buddhism you have to follow the middle path to stop suffering. All these rules you have to follow can take away time from you and can make you give up stuff you have, even make you leave money behind.
Through out history religion has played a major role in history. For many people who settled in Northern New England came for religious freedom and the colonies were spread because of that. Believing in religion is often the spiritual thing that they lead their life with. Robert Putnam, in his book, American Grace; How Religion Divides and Unites Us claims that religion, when taken in high doses is toxic to civil life, this is true to an extent. Although many people can agree with his claim he isn’t completely right because religion can still be beneficial for people who truly believe in it. Its true religion has set back society a few steps with the prosecution of many innocent people and the deaths of thousands of people but, religion has also helped many people get through hardships they face.
I believe that religion plays a huge role in society today. Not just in the United States, but, around the world. Religion plays a role with the amount of immigration we have in our country as well. People from other countries often flee their homelands to the United States, to avoid being prosecuted for believing in a religion other than what is being taught or worshiped by most in their country. When they arrive on U.S. soil, they are able to worship who
In a national sense, religious belief and identity can separate whole nations from one another, like in the case of Ireland and England, one of the defining differences is our belief in a different branch of Christianity. This can have disastrous effects on the world as a whole. Religion can be held accountable for the majority of warfare and bloodshed in the world today as nations attack each over their differing beliefs and ideals. Many nations will use religion and beliefs to try to justify the awful atrocities they commit on one another. In this sense, religion
Religion can be defined as a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. It contains a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices that allow its followers to live their life a certain way. The world consists of 19 major religions, which are further subdivided into 270 larger groups. According to David Barrett et al, editor of the “World Christian Encyclopedia,” there are 34,000 separate Christian groups around the world. Just from those numbers alone, we can conclude that religion has a prevalent effect on people and society. Religion is viewed as a positive influence on an individual both psychologically and physically. Throughout history we can study the various effects that religion has on society. Studies generally provide great evidence in favor of religion having a positive effect on individuals and society as a whole.
Religion has been a powerful force in human history. Mankind has longed and searched for the answers to its purpose, the reason for being and the possibility of life after physical death. They reasoned that an afterlife would be a place of accounting and reckoning for the life they lived on earth. Religious belief systems seemed to give the answers as to how to prepare for the afterlife. Religion became the means of giving answers to those basic yet deep-seated questions of both life and death. Religion provided a format of rules and laws for conduct and treatment toward others based on the desires and wishes of a god or gods that people envisioned, imagined or invented. Religious belief systems have been a powerful force for good and bad...good in the sense that it provided a measure of individual behavior and order in society for the wellbeing of the whole, but bad in the sense that men of ambition who craved power and control over others would often use religion as a tool of manipulation and fear. A casual glance of history tells us that complete civilizations have been built, grown and maintained around elaborate religious systems, ancient Egypt being a prime example.
Throughout history, religion has proved to be the main source of social stability in different communities and cultural groups. Everything that is part of a societal system, including law, is influenced by religious beliefs and practices of that society. This being said, most religions are based on the theory that there is a single more powerful entity, that has control over aspects of which humans do not. For the longest time in history, sociologists have argued that peer group, political movements, schools and most importantly, the family to be agents of socialization. Because of this reason, they have ignored the role played by religion in the perpetuation of cultural as well as social
In history, religion is always a major factor. People identify with religion, they incorporate it into their culture. Religion has always affected major empires. Religion is a glue that held together the Chinese empire. As well as holding an empire together, religion can also tear an empire apart. For example, the downfall of the Mughal empire. Nonetheless, religion is a factor that will always be talked about, because it can make or break the greatness of any empire.
Religion is a powerful tool that over the years has kept nations apart, but also has kept nations together. In many places religion makes up critical cultural norms as well as values, it is what defines what is viewed by people as the right thing to do and what is the wrong thing to do, what is to be feared and its consequences and what is to be bowed down to and have faith on. Cultural construction is in a way defined by religion, this culture is passed on through generations and generations of believers that over the years change or make “modifications” to the religion according to what feels right. Religion is socially constructed, it is what keeps and brings certain people and communities together. But, religion can also be defined as hope. Hope that is brought upon
Religion is one of the fundamental aspects of society. Unfortunately, it is also one of the sparks that can start a war and revolutionize the way we think and certain civilizations traditions. For example, before the Spaniards came to the Central and Southern Americas the Incas had their own religion, but once they were conquered they were forced to convert to Christianity. The Incans had to abandon their way of life and traditions or face punishment. This, along with the near extinction of the race, caused them to lose their beliefs over time. On the other side, religion can also lead to the birth of a new civilization different from the rest, the “Americans’. Unlike other countries, the United States is a melting pot where people of different ethnic backgrounds, faiths, lifestyles, cultures, and races come together. And this is where it all started.
Religions, created by people wanted to answer the unanswerable questions like, what happens when we die? Or Why am I here? Unlike, philosophy, religion has the supernatural that rule over us all and is all-seeing. There are countless religions, and mostly all parts of the world share a religion. Religion sometimes has sacred Scriptures like the Torah or Holy Bible that help people live their lives right, they have rules you must follow, with prizes and consequences for your actions. Religion influences society, by teaching people about ethics, giving people mental peace, and helps convert selfish qualities into selfless ones.
Religion is and always has been a central pillar of society, However this does not mean it is a force for good in the world. Richard Dawkins identifies religion as being viral and harmful, much like a disease. He is correct as Religion has infected more people than any other thought or disease and has killed millions of people, oppressed a variety of groups for centuries, and stunted societal growth on multiple occasions. Some people may disagree and claim that religion brings about many great qualities in people, which is not incorrect. However it has brought about far more harm than good over the course of history.
In a world where religion represents a crucial role in the lives of countless people, there is no doubt that it influences an individual’s daily decisions. There are numerous religions that have been created, although the most significant ones have been widely practiced for centuries. Each of the world’s major religions have distinctions that set them apart from others. Consequently, these distinctions cause turmoil between religions due to individual biased opinion for their God. Followers of a religion suppose that their faith is designated as the most favorable and true religion of all practices. For this reason, an increasing amount of conflict arises and shapes a person’s prejudice. Religion constructs its follower’s ideology which puts their faith above all others, ruining how a society functions and its relationship with other religions.