Religion vs. Philosophy

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Religion Term Paper Philosophy and Religion "An Idea is more powerful than an army (pg 14, Munroe)." When first looking at the relationship between philosophy and religion, I found it easier to explain the differences rather than the similarities. I began this paper the same way I do others. This generally involves a profound amount of research on the topic at hand. However, in contrast to the other papers I have done, the definitions of philosophy and religion only raised more questions for me. It was fascinating how the explanations differed dramatically from author to author. I will begin this paper by reciting some of the definitions that I did find. The simplest definition states, "In many cultures and times, religion has…show more content…
To challenge someone 's philosophy is considered a reasonable and almost scientific thing to do, but to challenge someone 's religion can instigate hostile and sometimes violent reactions. A very good example of how violent and atrocious religious hatred can be is that of the Holocaust. The Holocaust, which appropriately means "sacrifice by fire," was the horrific annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazi regime during World War II. Around 1933 an estimated nine million Jewish people were killed for no other reason but because of their religious belief. Children were no exception either. Even though it is not entirely clear how many children were murdered or died in concentration camps, historians ' guess that it could be as high as 1.5 million. Adolf Hitler was the Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Nazi Regime and what began as a very strong philosophical belief of his turned into the slaughter of millions of Jews. The Holocaust, while one of mankind 's worst acts, was unfortunately not the first nor the last horrific act to be done that was based on religious focuses and ideas. Appalling acts such as massacres, mass executions or suicides can all be linked back to specific religious backgrounds. Underneath the noticeable effect of human lives lost is the undeniable loss of peace that human 's originally craved when seeking out their religion in the first place. It appears to me that in many cases a strong opinion or idea can be developed

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