Senior Rough Draft
March 10, 2014
Taboo: Religion vs. Government
Church, religion, belief, government? Whenever somebody mentions religion and the government in the same sentence, it seems to be very controversial. The word religion seems to frighten most of society these days, whereas the government and/or politics are discussed frequently. There is a thin line between religion and government. What is religion exactly? How do we as a society view religion differently than we have in the past? The relationship between government and religion is quite controversial. What are politics have to do with religion? If we as a country have the right to freedom of speech and/or beliefs, why are we keeping them hidden? Has the government taken total control without us noticing? The meaning of Spirituality is an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being. Spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual's inner life. Whereas religion is an organized collection of beliefs and world views. Many religions have symbols and sacred histories that explain the meaning of life, origin of life and the Universe. The easiest way to define religion is to refer to it as a 'belief in, or the worship of a god or gods.' Religion has been a significant part our society and culture since the beginning of human civilization. The origins of religious beliefs in our ancestors are uncertain, yet the great world religions started as the movements of enlightenment and revitalization for communities seeking more answers to their problems. A lack of written records results in the fact that most of the knowledge about pre-historic religion is from the archaeological records and other indirect sources. Religious belief is the belief in the reality of the mythological, supernatural, or spiritual parts of a religion. Religious belief is distinct from religious practice with some believers not practicing...
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