Religion comes in many forms, many ideas, thoughts, and many different beliefs. According to Julian Huxley “Religion is a way of life founded upon the apprehension of sacredness in existence (Molly 2010).” The definition of religion has multiple meanings to all types of different people. There is also more than one belief in just one god itself. “Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs (Dictonary.Com 2013).” In Michael Molly’s book he uses an example by Van Gogh and he was a religious man.Van Gogh wanted to be an ordained minister but had a fall-out with the church and was not able to preach in words. Van Gogh was an artist and decided he would preach in his paintings because he couldn’t preach out loud, therefore, The Starry Night is an example of one of Van Gogh’s paintings he preached through. Many people have problems speaking aloud about religion so they either do it through prayer alone or in other ways such as the painting by Van Gogh. There are many ways to express your beliefs.
Key Characteristics of Religion
Before going further into human experience in religion, it should be better understood what religion really is. There characteristics of religion and these characteristics are the belief system, community, central myths, ritual, ethics, characteristic emotional experiences, and material expression. “When people begin their study of religions, they bring ideas from the religion in which they were raised or from the predominant religion of their society (Molly 2010).” “They may assume, for example, that every religion has a sacred book or that it worships a divine being or that it has a set of commandments (Molly 2010).” Some religions do share these characteristics but all religions