Topics: Religion, Christianity, Human rights Pages: 20 (6632 words) Published: September 2, 2013
How do you believe in God?

Major Paper
Critical Thinking
Rose Anne Amante
Submitted to: Ms. Gretchen
August 27, 2013

Table of Contents

Statement of the Problem6-8
Definition of Terms9-10
Review of Literature (Foreign/Local)11-13

The Religion and Tradition?

Religion, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is, among other things, “any specific system of belief, worship, conduct, etc., often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy; an institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices”; and also “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held with ardor and faith”. It is derived from the Latin “religio”, meaning “reverence”, which in turn is derived from “religare”, to bind back. It is, in fact, a bond. Tradition is defined to be “the delivery of opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs from generation to generation by oral communication. It is an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)”. It is in theology, an unwritten saying, action or a code of laws attributed to the founder and the earlier promoters of a religion. It is derived from the Latin “raderon”, meaning “action of handing over”, from “rader”, to deliver. The difference between a religious practice and a social custom is rather a new concept. In ancient times – times, during which most of the existing religions were founded – every social custom was, sooner or later, accepted as a religious practice. Therefore, Religion and Tradition are almost taken to belong to each other, so much so that some would take the two as synonyms. That explains why the zealous are so zealous to maintain traditions as a religious obligation. To them, every tradition is but a religious tenet. INHERITED PRACTICE

Tradition, on the other hand, is an inherited religious practice or a social custom, which was, in the near or far past, introduced first by certain circumstances and then perpetuated by following generations. An urgent need to meet an exceptional event may linger long, a human experience over a length of time may turn into a custom, a social behavior in face of a particular event may continue, and a practice, born of a belief in an abnormal occurrence or an extraordinary experience, may turn into a tradition with the passage of time. Alien invasion, conquest, occupation, captivity, slavery, forced labor, forced marriage, and socialization as well inter religious rivalry also help to introduce, innovate, change, transform, hinder, stop, erase, or kill a tradition. It has many a cause to fall into a firm form. Created, adopted, borrowed, or imposed, once it becomes a tradition, people practicing it develop a kind of attachment to it. That makes them bound to it so much so that sometimes it becomes hard to introduce a change in it, leave aside abandoning it. In the ancient past, this attachment generally gave the tradition a religious hue, a hue that made it a part and parcel of religion. Once a part and parcel of religion, the origin of the tradition is, often with a touch of miracle, attributed to a popular religious celebrity. It is here that all practices concerning various phases of life, from birth through initiation into the society, marriage, parentage, and death, take a religious form. Even eating, clothing, waking, walking, working, running, resting, sleeping, and socializing have their religious ways of performing them. Tradition, religious or not, is present in every movement one makes, private, personal or otherwise. It becomes the *prescription* for life. The terms religion and tradition are, as earlier stated, used not only as cognates but also as synonyms.


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