Final Essay World Religions

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Final Essay World Religions
Bridget McKinlay
HUM/130
February 29, 2012

Learning about religions from other parts of the world has had a significant impact on the way that I now view religion. I feel like someone drew the curtain and let in the light. I feel a mixture of relief and regret. I am relieved that I finally have the knowledge that there is beauty and so much similarity in many other religions. I feel regret because I waited so long in ignorance missing out on the rich experience that the knowledge of other religions has given me. I was very limited in my knowledge and experiences with people from other religions. I had never really been exposed to any other religions but my own before this class. I had had some general interactions with people of other faiths that were similar to my own but I never was exposed to the variety and diversity of religious beliefs that I was introduced to in this class. I can only assume that I am like most people, believing that although, my religion may not be the only religion, it is the correct one. I never really had occasion to question my faith before. I am the same religion that my parents are and both of their parents are and so on and so on. I had friends that had differing beliefs but religion was always one of those subjects like politics, you had to tread lightly while discussing it. I was never comfortable asking anyone too many questions about their faith. I can honestly say that I would feel more comfortable discussing an alternative lifestyle choice with someone than asking them about their religion. Religion seems to be even more intensely personal. I cannot imagine a more personal relationship than that which one shares with God. I am hungry for more. I want to expand on this course and feed my curiosity.

I feel that it is so important to learn about other people’s beliefs and attitudes because we need to be able to share this planet with each other. Disinformation is dangerous and damming....
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