Curulla RELI 140 Reflection 2

Curulla RELI 140 Reflection 2 - followers hope, even in the...

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Matt Curulla RELI 140 David McDuffie 1/18/12 According to Geertz, religion is: “(1) a system of symbols which acts to (2) establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by (3) formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and (4) clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that (5) the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.” In his writings, Geertz breaks down the definition of religion to be the sum of these five parts. I would imagine that without these parts Geertz would not believe a religion to be serving its true purpose to its followers. His analysis suggests that a religion essentially serves as a sense of meaning for its followers through its “order of existence,” with “an aura of factuality” that seem “uniquely realistic”; realistic enough to be believed. This falls right in line with what I believe religion to be in its most basic sense: A comforting and coping mechanism that allows its
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Unformatted text preview: followers hope, even in the darkest of times. Growing up, my family was somewhat religious, and attended church more often than not. I never questioned the purpose of my faith, but as I got older, I began to see patterns within it. I would hear stories in church of people who had lost their homes or that had a loved unexpectedly die, and they always felt hopeless, but religion and their faith in God helped them through their tough time. I started to gain a perspective of religion as a support system instead of a moral compass as I had always imagined it. Religion is a system that allows hope when there would not otherwise be any, and I believe it has lasted these thousands of years because of the purpose it serves its users. Works Cited 1. Geertz C. 1966. Religion as a Cultural System. : Ed. M Banton. Basic Books. 46 p....
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