The Clash of Secular Thought and Religion

1647 Words Jun 16th, 2018 7 Pages
There has been a clash between secular thought and religion since its formation of societies in the classical age. Both have made an equal effect on the culture of each empire by influencing people to change their belief on the world. Major religions have made interactions, which affected some of their ideas for what they have become now. The major religions during the classical age are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Daoism, and Zoroastrianism. These religions also have similarities and differences between each other in which it has involved them to what they've become. The major empires that have affected are Persia, India, China, Greece, and Rome. These empires' culture has influenced by religion to the …show more content…
These three are very similar, but they're also different from each other because they have this idea to live a better life after death and to do so they must do something good to meet their goal. Zoroastrianism is also slightly similar to these three, but they have this idea that humans are free to do good or bad, but they should choose the good side. Buddhism's idea is to avoid suffering and try to get out of the rebirth cycle into enlightenment. Hinduism is similar to Buddhism, but different because they have a caste system where it is difficult to get out of if they are living in a lower caste. Jainism is also similar to Buddhism because they have this idea of rebirth, but they also want to avoid bad Karma throughout their lives. Daoism is more devoted to their energies to reflection and introspection to understand natural principles of the world. This also indicates that they want to bring harmony to the society omit. Every religion is different from each other which make them unique for what they believe in. During the classical age, a man named Zarathustra founded the religion Zoroastrianism, which caused the Persian Empire to go through a change. Persian religion centered on the cults by natural elements and geographic features. Persia was also the center of trade which also meant cross-culture occurred. This meant that they would exchange ideas, culture, and religion throughout the trading route which was the Silk Road that extended from Indian to Egypt.
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