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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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- Fall '08