Common Practices in Religion
May 28, 2015
Mr. Robert Rowland
Indigenous religious are specific to a tribe, region, and cultures that have had various influences in their core religion. Religion is a very personal issue for most people and therefore closely guarded. Studying religion is necessary to have an understanding of the connections and foundations that have been built throughout its history. Many people across the world have various beliefs and practices that are important to them from a religious standpoint. Some people may identify with believing in only one god, which makes them monotheistic, while other individuals may believe in multiple gods, which makes them polytheistic. This paper will discuss the definition of religion, common practices and experiences across various world religions, as well as identify some critical issues to the academic study of religion
Religion as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “the belief in a god or in a group of gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods; an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group “(Religion,”2014, p. 1). However, throughout history different people have had different views and influences that have shape their definition of religion. Most religions have leaders, organized practices, holy places, and holy books or scriptures that are followed. Religious can also include mythology, dance, festivals, death ceremonies, gods, goddesses, idols, and prayer. Religious across the world share common threads of thought. Although they may focus stronger on stronger on one commonality than others most religious are based on and follow some level of love, faith, forgiveness, and humility. The stories, or parables, teach the followers about how to help others, love, do unto others, and faith in a higher presence that is not physically obtainable in our...
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