Religion on Planet Earth

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Week 4 Assignment 1
Angel Vance
REL 212
Laila Khalid Ghauri

This week’s assignment is about religious life on planet earth. There are many different types of religion all over the world, and people are always free to pick what religion that they want to join or follow. There is never any one specific kind of religion that everyone follows. Religion can be found all over the place, and can be seen in things that people do every day. Some religions chant, some pray, and some have rituals that they perform each day, each one is different in its own right, but they are all centered around pretty much the same thing. Every religion around the world is centered on the belief of a higher being or beings in some cases, but they all believe that there is some kind of greater power than themselves, and put faith in that belief.

As an alien trying to determine the religious status of planet Earth, I would have to base the criteria of the determination on my location. Due to different cultural and spiritual beliefs, the area I am in may meet different criteria, than a religious group on the other side of the world. Religion is defined as: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often contain a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. Currently there are twenty two major religions on Earth according to an analysis done by David B. Barrett’s religious statistics organization. Each of these religions has a specific set of beliefs and practices? Only sixteen percent of the world claims to be nonreligious while Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are proclaimed by sixty-eight percent of the population. I will focus my report on these three religions and how they meet the criteria to be considered religious. The criteria to determine if Earth is a religious planet will be that the followers believe and follow the set beliefs and practices of their religious preference. To...