religion midterm

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John Martin Valencia Religion 100 Professor Lowentrout Midterm Religion is a term that could be defined in an extensive variety of meanings. One must not just look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia to understand its different definitions in different perspectives. Religion could be a particular institution or system; or it could be a personal relation to the sacred; it could be personal beliefs or values; it could even be an obsession or a life of someone who is religious like a monk or a nun. Religion depends on the worldview of the person defining it. After all, the word, “religion” could be described with pointless oversimplifications or with exaggerated sharp definitions. In between these are the ones that are considered reliable sources in identifying the definition of religion in formal education. These sources strive to be unbiased as possible to cover all the definition of religion in a worldwide perspective. Of course, the scholars who made theories of defining religion would want to avoid mentioning which is evil or indoctrinate the academic community about morality. They emphasize only to what really religion is. Before attempting to define religion, one must grasp some enthusiasm of what genuinely is the importance of studying religion. So, why study religion? It might be, for many students, because taking this course is necessary to fulfill three units of a General Education requirement for graduation. Indeed I needed to fulfill the requirement plus, in my opinion, a religion course is one captivating topic to talk about. In this day and age, religion is often portrayed as something that hinders critical thinking of a person. Some say that a religion is an organized set of superstitious or irrational beliefs. Also, the media mostly focuses religion as a cause of strife. However, the media forgets the deep benefits of religion in a person’s life and culture. In a
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personal standpoint, whenever religion comes to mind, I expect to experience myriads of sights and sounds or even scents. From the sweet aroma of incense, the boisterous sermon of a pastor, spellbinding chants of monks, to the heart-warming anecdote of selfless sacrifice, where most of them touch the part of my mind that is outside of my everyday urban life of school and work. These sights and sounds take a many a person’s mind into senses that are beyond the physical world or common sense, all of which perplexes a person when exposed into a culture other of his or her own. That is why it is possible to create unjust and/or negative biases against people practicing a certain religion, which is why the study of religion is designed to help us understand others. In addition before defining religion, one must know some vital information in able to be informed effectively. There are four clarifications were presented to bust the misconceptions on being religious. The first one is that being religious does not necessarily imply that a person believes in God or multiple gods. Common terminologies include: Monotheism is the belief
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course COMM 130 taught by Professor Watson-currie during the Spring '08 term at CSU Long Beach.

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