Checkpoint- Effects of Religion

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Check Point: Effects of Religion

Religion can affect people in many different ways. List at least two effects that organized religion has had on society and give examples from past and/or present world events that illustrate your examples.

Religion affects people in different ways. Organized Religion currently and in the past has affects society. People, because everyone is so different and has different beliefs, have struggled with religion in one form or another. It is important to realize that religion plays a vital role in the day-to-day events of a person’s life. Religion affects everyone - even those who don’t practice a religion. One of the major effects that organized religion has had on society is that it brings people with similar beliefs together – it unifies them because of their beliefs. These beliefs are their beliefs in a “higher power” and unified “guidelines” that govern how people should live their lives. For example, in the Roman Catholic religion, there are sacraments/rituals that Catholics participate in starting with the sacrament of Baptism when they are young infants. Another major effect that organized religion has on society is that because there are so many people, there are many different beliefs. Therefore, there are many different religions and within theses religions, people can interpret the teachings, readings, beliefs and philosophies within these religions differently. This allows people to understand their religions differently. This can have positive effects, where people interpret positive morals and positive thinking. This can also have a negative effect, because some people may take their religious beliefs to extremes and may hurt or be negative to others that do not share their beliefs. An example from this is the fatal attack on Sept.11, 2001 in New York. The Al Qaeda religion was looked upon in a negative light due to this major, catastrophic event. Organized Religion has had many effects on our society -...
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