AB- Philosophy 4-1
Philosophy of Religion
1. What is Religion for Man?
Life is a matter of struggle for survival. A tag of war against the harshness of the nature where compromising in the intervention in society is a must in order to survive. It just like an arena where everyone is fighting and the one who outlasted was the strongest among the rest. Those who were not capable of fighting due to exhaustion may come to a realization to himself that there is no possibility of winning or even continuing the fight without any companion. Therefore, the tendency is to submit himself to the society where a companion is to be found. The hopeless man becomes so desperate that the only thing he sees as a cure is religion and he let himself to be swallowed by it.
Man feels now the comfort and safeness that he never felt before. The hospitality that the religion provides seems to be a drug that slowly devouring the rationality of man. Here comes the point that man will have the same goal as the religion presented to him. Man and this completely institutionalized religion share the same goal, which is to have an eternal life with God.
Man sees himself as an incomplete one that whatever he gets was not a fulfillment, so, he cling to Religion that claimed God as a complete one and being with him, life has no pain, no anguish, no despair and will have an eternal life after death. This is just one of the fruitful promises of religion but once man bite those fruits, the poison of it will gradually liquefy the man’s concrete rationality.
2. Is Religion for stagnation of for growth of man?
Religion maybe both to the two option depending on circumstances. The values provided by religion were undeniably good but man should never be enclose in there for he himself must create his own. He must be imaginative and critical for his own development for him not to be overwhelmed by other forces. Religion may also be the cause of stagnation at some point, if man... [continues]
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