Week 9- day 7 - WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT 1 WORLD RELIGIONS...

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WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT 2 As an agnostic, I have my doubts about God and religion, but the Catholic faith has “stood the test of time” against any who may have doubts. The Catholic Church in America is one of the largest religions with twenty-two percent of the population practicing this faith. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), there were over sixty- eight million Catholics in the United States in 2007. Worldwide, there were over one billion Catholics. (USCCB, n.d.) When a faith has as many followers as the Catholic religion does, a person should respect the faith and those who follow it even if they do not agree with the beliefs. In this paper, I will review the religion as a whole, describe a place of worship, review a discussion with a person who practices the faith, and compare and contrast this religion with another. INTRODUCTION OF THE RELIGION: Catholicism is considered a branch of Christianity. The Catholic Church’s origins begin with the teaching of Jesus and the disciples. In Mark 16:15, Jesus said “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (BibleGateway.com, n.d.) One main difference between Catholicism and Christianity is that Catholics believe the Peter was the chief apostle appointed by Jesus and that the Pope is his successor. (HighBeam™ Research, Inc., 2010) They believe this because of the scripture Matthew 16:18 which reads “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (BibleGateway.com, n.d.) Around the year 313, the Emperor Constantine established Catholicism as the official state religion. It was during this time that the Church began to grow and become more popular with the upper classes. However, after this period, during the middle ages, times of war and
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WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT 3 political uncertainty struck the region. This had an effect on the culture, but the church was able to maintain some stability. Late in the middle ages, the Catholic Church was able to reorganize because of the Crusades. This period of strength and power lasted for centuries. However, it declined rapidly when there were additional power struggles inside the Church. Strength was lost then regained when the Americas were discovered and the church underwent the “Counter- Reformation.” This strength has continued to build all the way to modern day. (AllAboutReligion.org, 2002 - 2010) The strength of the modern day church can be seen in the buildings that services are held in. NAME, LOCATION AND REVIEW OF THE SITE: For my visit to a place of worship, I went to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. When I drove up to the church, I was impressed by the grand nature of the building. The church is built of red brick and has a large stained glass window at the front of the building. There are also large trees on either side of the stairs when a person approaches the
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course HUM 130 taught by Professor Georgegreaves during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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Week 9- day 7 - WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT 1 WORLD RELIGIONS...

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