Micaela Diaz-Period 5
1. What is the definition of religion and what do we use in our lives to try to understand it?
The definition of religion can be an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and worldviews that relate to humanity to understand the supernatural and spirituality. Religion can also be defined as the human notions regarding the sacred, numinous, spiritual and divine. We use many things to try and understand religion such as scriptures, sacred texts, religious traditions or customs and various other practices.
2. When examining scriptural writings, what kinds of forms do they come in, and what were they generally used for?
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Someone may take the religious text very seriously, word for word, as the will of their specific God and carry out acts in the world that could be maybe extremist or unethical in today’s society. It also depends on the person interpreting the text. Are they a sane person? Are they a moral person? A calm, lax, strict, devout, open minded individual? There are really so many factors that can either prevent or lead a dangerous action. Someone may be able to use the religious text or their religious authority to take advantage of those around them, or use the religious text for something immoral and evil. If a text is taken literally or loosely, many bad things can happen, and many good things can happen. For example, if someone takes the text of the Bible very literally, they may feel justified in punishing someone who does not obey the will of the Lord God or fear his wrath. I think the largest danger of interpreting a religious text is that if it fell into the wrongs hands of someone unstable, they could take the text very literally and allow their actions to be radical and fanatic.
4. What is a creed and what purpose does it serve?
A creed is a system of belief, set of beliefs, principles, articles of faith, or aims that guide someone's actions. Basically, a creed’s purpose to guide or lead someone into a particular lifestyle following the format or template of a certain set of faith, moral rules, beliefs, etc.
5. Explain the difference between belief and faith.
A belief is an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists or something one accepts as true or real. A belief is a firmly held opinion or conviction. It is a principle, proposition, or idea that is accepted as true. Faith is more a complete trust or confidence in someone or something which can turn into religious belief. It is the confident assurance or hope in the character and nature of God, religion, or a person; a strong or unshakeable trust/belief in something, without necessity of proof or evidence.
6. What is dogma?
A dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true, or a strong willed and impenetrable belief or opinion on a certain matter, perspective, or viewpoint.
7. Identify and explain the main themes of belief:
Main themes of belief are most possibly faith, morality, following principles, worship, and tradition/practices.
8. What is religious cosmology?
A way of explaining the origin, the history and the evolution of the cosmos or universe based on the religious mythology of a specific tradition. Religious cosmologies usually include an act or process of creation by a creator deity or a larger pantheon.
9. How are religious beliefs and intolerance linked? What are the deeper issues that usually lead to such intolerance? Religious beliefs and intolerance are linked became many societies, communities, and cultures for the most part all believe that their specific...