One of the negative sides of organized religion comes from the idea of “charisma” and the charismatic leader who may not have the best intentions and could use the power that they gain over people with this charisma to push things that may not necessarily by what their religion is supposed to stand for (Fisher, 2005). An example of this would be the extremist Muslims in the Middle East, specifically al Qaida or the Taliban. Charismatic leaders, such as the recently killed Osama bin Laden, have used the charisma that they had with their followers to twist a peaceful religion into one that believes that their “Allah” wants them to punish and kill the infidel (non-Muslim) and that they will receive rewards in heaven for martyring themselves in order to kill. This has had an enormous impact on our society, such as the many lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the many soldiers we have lost in the war that is still going on as a result. Many families, including mine, are impacted every day by the many deployments and deaths our soldiers are enduring. One of the positive sides of organized religion comes from the strength, both mentally and emotionally, that faith in God and having a church family that they can count on, can have on people. One example of this would be the “power of prayer” shown in a study that was done in San Francisco (Fisher, 2005). In this study heart patients were put into two groups and one group was prayed for while the other was not. The patients who were prayed for had a much better chance of not having complications than those that were not. Of those that were not prayed for they “were five times more likely to require antibiotics, three times more likely to develop pulmonary edema, and twelve times more likely to require a mechanical ventilator” (Fisher, 2005).
Fisher, M. (2005). Living Religions (6th ed.). Published by Prentice-Hall.
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Eastern Religion Elements Matrix
Countries of origin
Hinduism originated in India 4-6 thousand years ago.
Originated in Northern India in approx. 500BC
Confucianism originated in China in the fifth century BC
Originated in China at approx. 20-200 AD
Historical figures and events
Siddhartha Gautama was torn after seeing the real world outside his father’s palace. He left his father’s riches to go on a spiritual plight which untimately became Buddhism.
He spread the word of harmony during the times when the states of China were at war with one another.
Daoism traces its roots to 6th Century BC Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote the iconic book Dao De Jing on the tenets of the Dao.
Samsara(cycles of birth)
Moksha(liberation from the cycles of birth)
The Four Noble Truths
The Eightfold Path
Confucians believe that all people are good, that you should respect and follow your elders, ancestors should be worshiped, education is strongly emphasized, and individual meditation.
The primary belief is in learning and practicing “The Way” (Dao) which is the ultimate truth to the universe.
They also believe in Yin and Yang
Nature of God
Some Hindu’s believe in one God, while others believe in many God’s
There is no absolute God. While Buddist can believe in...
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Monotheistic Religion Elements Matrix
Countries of origin
Judaism in known to have started in the middle east.
Christianity is known to have started in the areas now known as palestine and israel
mANY BELIEVE THAT ISLAM ORIGINATED IN MECCA.
Historical figures and events
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (also know as Israel), Moses
Abraham is told to sacrifice Isaac, but was stopped by God just
before. This showed his dedication to god.
Moses leads the people out of egyptian slavery to the promised land.
Jesus, Paul, Peter, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus, and others.
Jesus was crucified for the sake of the followers.
Abraham, Ishmael, Muhammad.
Belief that they are a Chosen people.
Live according to the laws set out in the Old testament, primaly the 10
Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that his life on earth, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are proof of God's love for humanity and God's forgiveness of human sins; and that by faith in Jesus one may attain salvation and eternal life
Belief in Islam means
Belief in One God, Allah in Arabic.
Belief in all of God's messengers.
Belief in Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) as His last messenger.
Belief in the Quran
Belief in the existence of angels.
Belief in the...
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World Religions Report
In this paper I will be discussing what I learned about Christianity and Islamic faiths. How that even though these two religions have differences that they have core similarities and history that show that they have more in common than they do not have in common. I will discuss my interview at a Christian church and what I learned from it. Then I will discuss how much all the religions I have studied in this class have in common. Touching on their philosophies, beliefs, virtues and traditions and any areas that show areas they have in common.
The Interview was held at The Rock Church in San Bernardino, California. Their church is huge more like a mini stadium in doors version. Clean well lit and very modern. They have a stage in the church where they hold their services. Where smoke and stage lights light up the stage area when music is performed with a live modern day Christian rock band. Everyone was very nice, energetic and positive. During my interview with Pastor Jim I learned that the basic beliefs are; belief in one God, the trinity which is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That Jesus Christ was born and suffered and died for our sins so we may enter into heaven. That the bible is the word of God that we are to love one another as we love God & as we love...
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August 20, 2011
World Religion Report – Buddhism
Buddhism originated in the early Fifth century BCE, from the teachings of Siddhartha Buddha (Fisher, 2005). Plagued by the desire to help end human suffering, Buddha reached a state of pure enlightenment showing him the way to end earthly suffering. Through meditation, people can control the desires of their human nature. By gaining control of our desires we can end our suffering. He taught his wisdom to all that wanted to learn. After his death, three main forms of Buddhism emerged; there was the Theravada’s, the Mahayana’s, and the Zen Buddhists (Fisher, 2005). For the sake of this report, the local Buddhist center practices the New Kadampa Traditions. As stated in the center’s brochure, “Kadampa Buddhism is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha, an Indian Buddhist Master largely responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism into Tibet in the eleventh century” (NKT-IKBU, 2008, p.1). They formed their own branch to separate from the political issues that plagued the Tibetan Buddhist (NKT-IKBU, 2008, p.5). The NKT Buddhist believes the same central beliefs of wisdom, compassion, and the path to enlightenment. The Clear Light Buddhist Center is a welcoming place for all who wish to learn or practice Buddhism. The center is supported by Kelsang Chandra and led by Kadam...
...The religion that I have chosen to discuss is the Jewish religion, or Judaism. In seeking information about Judaism, I conducted an interview at the Beth Israel Congregation near downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina. The synagogue is located at 2204 Morganton Rd., only a few miles from downtown Fayetteville and only a few miles from a major shopping mall in the area. Upon arriving at the synagogue in the afternoon heat of nearly 90 degrees, I was surprised to see the plush gardens to one side of the building. There is a beautiful walking path through a well-manicured lawn. The concrete path leads to a rectangular gazebo overgrown with vine. The small to medium trees and bushes on the property are perfectly maintained and are arrayed in vibrant colors. As I made my way to the front entrance, I noted the light colored brickwork and matching stonework on the front of the building. The building itself gives the appearance of a two story structure with its abstract sculpture, but upon further investigation, the highest part of the building is simple a raised inner ceiling.
When I entered the building, I was greeted by Rabbi Yosef Levanon and conducted to his office for my interview after a brief look around the synagogue, which did not include . The Rabbi seems to be a pleasant man who showed a great deal of patients in setting up and carrying out the interview. Through conducting the interview, I found that the Fayetteville, NC Beth Israel...
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The church itself is not too unlike other churches in the community, aesthetically it has a warm, inviting appeal to it, not too small, but of a fair size. Reinaldo does not agree with the American versions of the Pentecost, and does not attend a Pentecostal church here in the U.S.
When I finally met Ray, I was impressed with his abilities as welder and saw that he had mechanical abilities that were overlooked by his previous supervisor because of the language barrier. I decided that I would personally work with him to further evaluate his skills. It was during this period that I discovered that he was not just a welder but an accomplished mechanic as well. I asked him why he was not being paid as a mechanic, and through my broken Spanish and his broken English I found an amazing story.
One night while we were working, the subject of some of the things that Ray found to be different in America as compared to Honduras came up, one thing was the fact that you could walk up to a faucet, turn the handle and you could be sure that water would come out. Another was the way that the religions are practiced here. He told me that he was of the Pentecostal faith and he was disappointed in the way the church was different here. How so, I inquired? "Well, in Honduras, we do not watch movies, or go to parties, or dance. The women do not cut their...
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By Sally Navarro
This paper is to inform the reader about the religion called Catholicism. This religion had spanned the trials and tribulations of time, and been throughout history as the only religion held sacred to the followers of this faith. The following will be told about the religion that I have found from a believer/follower of this faith. I will tell you about the interviewer, the interview site, what the interview contains. Also, I will be writing about how this religion compares and contrasts to the religion of my faith, which is Christianity.
The mass I went to was very interesting. In this because, upon entering the Sanctuary, there is the Holy Water well, that the faithful dip, their fingers into, and make a cross motion on their forehead. The Holy Water is for the faithful in remembrance of their baptism, and rejects Satan. The faithful answer to several Hail Mary prayers before the start of the service; they prep their hearts and minds for mass. Throughout the service, there was constant standing, sitting, and kneeling while the Priest prepared the sacrament, or the Eucharist, commonly called communion of the last supper. During this ritual, there were members of the congregation that assisted with the body of Christ, and the Blood of Christ, in dispensing them to...
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Muslim family rise in Malaysia, perform their purifying ablutions, spread their prayer rugs facing Mecca, and begin their prostrations and prayers to Allah.
French cathedral, worshippers line up for their turn to have a priest place a wafer on their tongue, murmuring, “this is the body of Christ.”
South Indian village, a group of women reverently anoint a cylindrical stone with milk and frangrant sandalwood paste and place around it offerings of flowers.
Monks of Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery sit cross legged and upright in utter silence, broken occasionally by the noise of the kyosaku but falling on their shoulders.
Mexico, men, women, and children who have been dancing without food or water for days great an eagle flying overhead with a burst of whistling from the small wooden flutes they wear around their neck.
Two basic ways- Rational thought and non-rational modes of knowing.
To reason is to establish abstract general categories from the data we have gathered with our senses, and then to organize these abstractions to formulate seemingly logical ideas about reality.
Encounters with Unseen Reality are given various names in spiritual traditions: enlightenment, God-realization, illumination, kensho, awakening, self knowledge, gnosis, ecstatic communion, coming home.
Two modes Unseen Reality- One person may use reason to determine that there is no Unseen...