This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Religion In Modern Britain: An Outsider

1302 words - 6 pages

In my personal opinion, it is possible for an individual to feel as if they are an outsider to a religious group of people, or a religion as a consensus. On the other hand, I believe that is it quite impossible to be a complete outsider of a religion. But I believe it is possible to be an outsider of a certain type of religion, if you know nothing about it. Then one can easily become an insider if they immerse themselves in that religion’s culture and study it’s practices. Currently in my life, I do not practice or affiliate myself with any type of religion or religious group, so therefore I can classify myself as an outsider of religion in my present state. But years ago when I was ...view middle of the document...

Within this paper, I will argue that it is impossible to be defined as a complete outsider of religion and provide valid proof of this notion. I will also express my opinion of how popular culture and politics prevent an individual from being deemed an outsider.
I listened to the podcast we reviewed in one of our seminar classes. It is titled ‘George Chryssides on the Insider/Outsider Problem’, and Christopher R. Cotter is interviewing him (Cotter). The podcast generally talks about how the insider/outsider distinction is a fundamental aspect of the study of religion and how it is an important viewpoint to take into account. When studying religion, this is an essential element to pay close attention to, because the result of the research can depend a lot on what point of view it is coming from. George Chryssides is an honorary research fellow of contemporary religion at the University of Birmingham (Cotter). I believe he has a lot of interesting things to say in the interview that have altered my opinion on what an insider/outsider perspective really is. They define an insider as the individual who follows and practices the religion, and the outsider is the one who studies it or can be considered the non-believer (Cotter). Chryssides describes himself as mostly being an outsider, because he is always the one who is observing the religion rather than practicing one. He says he is a practicing Christian, and has no problem with maintaining his own faith while studying other religions outside his own (Cotter). Throughout listening and re-reading my notes about this podcast, I’ve realized that there are various different views on what an outsider really is. Most people could consider an outsider someone who knows nothing about a religion, but the researchers define it as someone who just doesn’t practice that religion. While thinking deeply about the meaning of the interview, I discovered one portion of the discussion that seemed most relevant to my argument. Dr. Chryssides states how sometimes an educated researcher will begin to practice a new religion and end up shocking current members because they know more about the origins and practices than they do (Cotter). This is probably because they come from an educational standpoint and truly learned about all aspects and origins of the religion rather than just the spiritual practices. This reveals to us how a so-called ‘outsider’ of a religion can almost be deemed more of an insider than the actual practicing members. This relates to the argument of how no one can be considered a complete outsider because people, especially scholars, define an outsider so differently from one another. In my opinion, this is all evidence that it is quite impossible to be a complete outsider of religion.
According to the article ‘Religion in popular culture’ by Christopher Partridge,...

Other Papers Like Religion In Modern Britain: An Outsider

The Outsider Essay : Influence of Society

974 words - 4 pages as he commits murder he exposed himself to the biased eyes of the public, he was judged a reject, a menace to the foundations of the system know as society. Merusault, the hero in this book refuses to let others define his life and is considered an outsider for it. He chose to remain true to his own believes and it is when he stood by his life he became an alien to others and an outsider to society Camus, Albert. The Outsider (The Stranger). Great Britain: Hamish Hamilton, 1982

What Is Religion Essay

989 words - 4 pages concrete and abstract, forming a definition is not a challenge; however the question, “What is ‘religion’?” has spurred millions upon millions of definitions from countless people who can be divided into two categories; insider or outsider. In Gary Kessler’s book, Studying Religion, Kessler does not preach his own views of religion; instead he teaches readers how to be a sympathetic outsider, while studying the practices and religion of an

Assess the Arguments and Evidence for the View That Britain Is Becoming a Secular Society

1001 words - 5 pages Assess the arguments and evidence for the view that Britain is becoming a secular society Sociologists argue that in Britain, there has been an overall steady decline in the importance of religion since the 19th century, which has led some sociologists to suggest there was a ‘golden age’ of religiosity. Many sociologists have proposed explanations for the secularisation thesis, for example Weber, Berger and Bruce. However Postmodernists

Robin Cook Speech

2605 words - 11 pages Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Massala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. Coming to terms with multiculturalism as a positive force for our economy and society will have significant implications for our understanding of Britishness. The modern notion of national identity cannot be based on race and ethnicity, but must be based on shared

A.I: How The Film Relates To The Concept Of Reinventions With Links To Novel "Life Of Pi"

700 words - 3 pages as he ventures into the real world, we view the dark world from this David’s perspective. In the end a totally different perspective is taken, it is shown from an outsider’s point of view, much like the audience’s.A.I evokes many issues concerned with mankind; mankind playing God, creating life in mechas. A reinvention of religion is shown; we come across a scene in A.I where we witness mechas attending a church service. Is it possible for God to love the mecha, formally being the creation and son of man? This becomes a reinvention of ideology, reinventing religion to suit personal situations as seen in Life of Pi.

‘Religion Today Is More About Believing Than Belonging’. to What Extent Do Sociological Arguments and Evidence Support This View of the Relationship Between Religious Beliefs, Religious Organisations...

1388 words - 6 pages Believing without belonging is a term used by Davie to describe the fact religion is becoming more privatised, as people have more choice in religious practices that they felt obligated to follow in the past. Many sociologists, such as Davie, argue that religion is not declining; it is just taking an alternate form – such as believing without belonging. Spiritual shopping, a term used by Hervieu-Leger, and ‘Jesus in Disneyland’ are two other

Sociology

843 words - 4 pages ). | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Assess the view secularisation has been a feature only of modern Europe ( 33 marks) | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Assess the view NRMs are mainly for the middle classes | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Jan 11 | Assess the view that while the church is in decline, the practice of religion and membership of other religious and spiritual groups is

The Great Awakening

921 words - 4 pages population which is also related to the growth of the different religions practiced in the colonies. With this increase in the population, the colonists started to realize that commerce and business in general would be more beneficial than practicing religion. Colonies traded more and more goods with Britain which created a very vivid commerce that the colonies were very proud of. British exports to North America multiplied eightfold between 1700 and

Operational Planning

1353 words - 6 pages in tea and melatonin and B-complex vitamins contained in milks offers superior relaxing effects. ii. Introduction of the country Great Britain, also known as Britain, is an island in the North Atlantic off the north-west coast of continental Europe. With an area of 229,848 km2 (88,745 sq mi), it is the largest island of the British Isles, the largest island in Europe and the ninth-largest in the world. In 2011 the island had a population of

How Successfully Did Religious Authorities Impose Moral Values Upon Early Modern Society

1995 words - 8 pages and Country, (Great Britain: Alan Sutton, 1987). * Cressy, D., and Ferrell, Lori Anne, Religion & Society in Early Modern England: Second Edition, (United Kingdom: Routledge Publishers, 2005). * Dodd, A. H., Life in Elizabethan England, (London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1962). * Gaskill, M., Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). * Ingram, M., Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in

Family Diversity

1777 words - 8 pages years family life has become more diverse. There is a lot of evidence that there is no one particular family type in Britain. In this report I will be looking at the impact of diversity on the family; such as Social Class, Ethnicity, Sexuality and cultural differences in relation to family diversity. Types of families The statistics of families in modern Britain show that there is increasing diversity, which in turn suggests that the nuclear

Related Essays

Religion: Place In The Modern World

730 words - 3 pages right thing, and to avoid any temptations and to avoid sin. Religions also allow for people to connect locally or globally for the same reason or purpose. For this reason religions are a popular part of modern culture, despite race. Religions are something that should be cherished, but for those who choose to follow with in it. Religion does not play a role in my life, but that won’t change my opinion on religion. An individual may choose to

Religion : An Essential Business Ethics Elements In Curbing Corporate Failure

2195 words - 9 pages leads to destruction whereas ethical behaviour will leads to development of the corporate. Religion is an essential business ethics element in curbing corporate failure Religion is defined as an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life and/or to explain the origin of

Using Information And Evidence From Research/Lesson Stimulus Material, What Do Recent Trends In Family Life Tell Us About 'the Family' In Modern Britain?

1604 words - 7 pages parents, they will have to move into a new house and possibly school. Overall, reconstituted families appear to be an inconvenience and unfortunately will continue to be as they are more popular today in Britain due to the increasing divorce and re-marriage rates. A rise in homosexual families tells us about family life in modern Britain today. It is estimated that about 5-7% of the adult population today have same-sex relationships. This is

An Analysis Of The Cinematic Techniques That Are Used In The Portrayal Of The 'outsider' In Films. Why Are Such Films Popular And What Do They Tell Us About Society As A Whole? Gcse A Grade

3878 words - 16 pages films 'Edward Scissorhands' has a story of strange love between two people, one of which is ugly, who fight against all odds to be together. There is lots of 1950's and 60's styling with a modern day reference.The film shows Edward as an outsider using lots of cinematic effects; some examples of cinematography are shown in this paragraph. When Edward is on the television, he seems to look out at Kim. The only narration is at the very beginning