Introduction to Religion

Introduction to Religion - Introduction to Religion

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Introduction to Religion The variety and number of religious organizations and beliefs around the world is so large that  sociologists have a difficult time arriving at a single definition of religion. In Western societies, people  usually identify religion with Christianity: the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who promises  salvation through faith and life after death. Yet religion as a global phenomenon presents a much  more complex picture, because most of the world's religions lack the core concepts of Christianity. To avoid thinking about religion from a culturally biased point of view, sociologists first define what  religion is  not First, religion is not necessarily  monotheistic , which is the belief in monotheism, or a  single deity. Instead, many religions embrace  polytheism , or the belief in multiple deities.  Still other religions, such as Confucianism, recognize no gods at all. 
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