Religion Influence

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1) How does religion influence the way an individual thinks? 2) Why do people, when faced with the same facts, arrive at different moral conclusion?  
Branden Park

J Sem Final Essay          

           A religion is a set of beliefs and practices in reference to a higher divine power that a person follows. Religion is often an important part of the life of its practitioner and therefore one’s thoughts and actions are heavily influenced by it. Religion is a belief system, and it is the basis of what one believes is true or false and on whether something is important or trivial.  

For example, a conservative Roman Catholic would most likely be against human cloning. In Roman Catholicism, life is regarded as a very important miracle and gift from God, and the creation of human life would be against God’s Will and would offset the balance of nature that God carefully designed. This is opposed to other religions and belief systems such as Scientology or Secular Humanism where the followers of such religions would be more open-minded to issues such as human cloning. A Secular Humanist would argue that the gains human cloning can contribute to the field of medicine would outweigh any moral issue regarding human life and disrupting God’s design of nature.  

           Taking things further we can also consider the conservative followers of Buddhism who have the utmost respect for life in all its forms and who are repulsed by thought of killing any sentient being such as insects and vermin. Followers of Jainism even wear face masks in order to accidentally avoid inhaling and consequently killing insects. This is done because the main doctrine of Jainism is non-violence. It is to be expected that a follower of Jainism would try to avoid aggressions and brutality.

Religions affect on human-beings a lot. They influence us in many different ways, and sometimes we have conflicts because of those influences of religions. Some religions tell its believers to...
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