The Use of Narratives to Express the Religious Beliefs of People in Western Religions

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The Use of Narratives to Express the Religious Beliefs of People in Western Religions

For the layman, familiarity with the major religions stems from the stories that are associated with them. Using the narratives that are derived from the sacred texts is the most prominent way in which our society identifies the Western religions. The Jewish tradition is best correlated to stories like the Exodus and the parting of the Red Seas, for example, as are the many tales of the miracles of Jesus connected to Christianity. This essay will present narratives as an easy method of providing the basic groundwork for the Western religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam because of their simplicity and easily transmittable nature.
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Therefore, the holy day of Sabbath is it is known for Jews and Christians, is absent in Islam. God was not weary from the act of creation, and oversaw all that he had created, rather. This could be seen as part of the belief in Islam that the Koran is a "correction" to the previous religions of Judaism and Christianity, and that the holy scriptures were somehow corrupted in their present form.

In the Western tradition, primarily in the United States where Christianity prevails, the story of creation from Genesis is held in high regard, and controversies have erupted disputing whether or not its fundamentals should be taught in school. The founding of this nation through the Constitution was erected with the belief of "separation of church and state." In the conservative 1920s, a huge court case erupted from the dispute between the Christian "creationism" and the scientific founding of Charles Darwin's evolution. The "Scopes Monkey trial" of 1925 saw a schoolteacher found guilty of teaching evolution in the classroom, a theory that flabbergasted fundamentalist Christians who perceived it ludicrous that humans could have descended from "monkeys." The narrative tradition of the Genesis creation was evidently a central issue for Americans and typified the Christian identity in the U.S. at a time when modernism was emerging, as the fourteen states had anti-Evolution statutes.

According to the first account of creation in Genesis, God made man on the sixth
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