Response Number Five - Sydney Schubert Helmer Theology...

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Sydney Schubert Helmer Theology 111-05 11 February 2013 Response Number Five In Chapter Five of Christian Smith’s, Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture , Smith asks: What is Religion? Throughout the chapter, he breaks down, defines and provides examples of religion. Smith begins the chapter by stating that there are some questions that are simply impossible to answer. He states that “religion is simply too fascinating a thing to let sit, not to continue to probe fundamental questions about it” (Smith 95). Smith discusses that religion is completely voluntary and that no one is forced to be religious. Religion is meant to influence the lives of humans, and “studies of religion are recurrently discovering that religion often affects people’s health, beliefs, attitudes practices, affiliations, and behavior” (Smith 96). Towards the middle of the chapter, he says it is helpful to think about religions in this
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