September 10, 2014
Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures. As we think all the way back to the dawn of human consciousness, we find religion everywhere we turn.
Traditional religion is a system of beliefs that involves worship of a God or gods, prayer, ritual, and a moral code. Monotheism is the common core of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam which is the faith or belief in one God. They are referred to as Abrahamic religions because all three trace their origins ...view middle of the document...
Some researchers simply listen to and record the thoughts and beliefs of their subjects. Some use standardized test instruments to discover a persons’ thought processes. Others may use experimental methods to test behavioral and learning tendencies in people and animals. The historical approach applies historical methodologies to the study of these issues. The objective historian seeks to accumulate all the evidence and data he or she can to discover as close as possible to what really happened in past events. Critical issues that plague Religion today for most people are economic change always leads to social change, that is, change in the ways in which people live, an example of which is the revolution in the ways of communication. The change from a predominantly rural population to a largely urban-based concentration of people brings huge demographic shifts with all the social consequences that follow: The result is that the urban nuclear family becomes estranged from its rural roots in family and community.
There are seven characteristics that can be used to describe the makeup of a Religion: Religious beliefs serve a social function in human groups, providing a shared identity of where people came from and where they are likely going after death, a Community is a group of people that share the same beliefs, Central myths are a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis...