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Unformatted text preview: Daniel Yim Dr. Hoagland English 133.033 19 November 2007 Our Religion in Question To some, religious belief is a testament of surviving the struggle of living in a secular world, where one would ultimately be rewarded during and after life. To others, religion is only a faith, such that it is a mindset to be faithfully believed regardless of factual evidence. In a growing technological society, we are exposed to the true nature of the human origin and are thus faced with a difficult standoff between science and religion. This standoff has been one that had existed since the beginning of time; however, we have yet to find an answer to the simple question: what is it that binds us to choose to ignore what is apparent and so blindly have faith in what is not? To understand the grasp of our religious partiality, we must first analyze faith’s psychological leash on human beings. As defined by Merriam-Webster , religion is a “cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith” that is usually shared within a large group of people. Through a group setting, a basic religion creates a social network of individuals who share one major similarity, which therefore encourages positive social exchange and cooperation (Boyer 432). An article by psychologist Pascal Boyer notes that religious ideologies “provide group cohesion and group solidarity of a kind that transcends rational, opportunistic utility maximization” (432). Consequently, those with distinct religious affiliations are much more efficient social beneficiaries than those without, so naturally, we opt for religion because religion in itself harbors a social asset that is worthy of having around. Not only do the social Yim 1 advantages of faith compel us to believe, the ritually-inclined human nature plays a pivotal role as well. By nature, humans are drawn to ritualistic behavior as a means of communication that is regarded greater than the spoken word. Rituals hold a strong socializing component and, to an regarded greater than the spoken word....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 133 taught by Professor Hoagland during the Fall '07 term at Stephen F Austin State University.
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