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Religion Essay Examples

Essays on Religion

Ed Grantt writes, “Contrary to the naïve assumption that faith and reason must necessarily have a mutually allergic relationship, religious belief can often be strengthened and supported by critical, rational reflection.” Although this quote hints at the reader belonging to a religion, a strong message can be taken from this; critical thinking should be applied when talking about religion. First, you will need to know exactly how I define ‘religion.’ Then I will compare two articles (one academic, one non-academic). Lastly, I will tell you exactly why critical thinking should be applied to talking about religion.

Christianity: Faith and Courage
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“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” If you grew up in a Christian home, you must have memorized this quote culled from a passage in the bible at a tender age. Many of us have recited this absent mindedly without understanding what it truly means. One minute they a shouting these words atop their lungs with so much confidence and alacrity. Next minute, they are doubting themselves, crying and lamenting the woes…...
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Song Of Myself By Walt Whitmans English Literature
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“Song of Myself “, by Walt Whitman’s Background Song of Myself is a poem by Walt Whitman’s. This poem presents a continual stream of human consciousness, where he attempts to analyze death as natural and transformative process, which ought to occur to everybody. Walt Whitman was an American poet born in 1819 and died on 26th March 1892. The poet was born in Town of Huntington, Long Island, New York, U.S.In his previous years, Whitman worked as government employee ,and…...
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The Guiding Principles of Faith: Honesty and Integrity
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Honesty - The kind of behavior that others expect of themselves, to behave with others, this is the overall definition of 'honesty'. We look forward to affection, cooperation, goodwill, goodness to others. Just keep your behavior with others as well. All examples of honesty are embodied in doing this one thing. If you feel bad about yourself, if you do the same with others, it will be dishonest. We do not want anyone to cheat us, hurt us, weirdly, weirdly,…...
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Indian Thought in Emerson Thoreau and Whitman
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VEDANTA philosophy was one of several thought currents from abroad that reached New England in the early decades of the 19th century and contributed to the thinking of Emerson and Thoreau. Emerson’s interest in the sacred writings of the East probably began: . ring his Harvard days and continued throughout his life. He knew Laws of Manu, Vishnupurana, the Bhagvad- Gita, and Katha Upanishad: There are numerous references to these scriptures in his Journals and Essays. Thoreau, too, was introduced…...
Henry David ThoreauHinduismIndiaRalph Waldo EmersonThoughtTranscendentalism
Genetic Engineering in Human is Unethical
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New era comes releases new inventions in every field. And same goes for genetic engineering researcher are also working to create designer babies. The field is advancing in genetics and is trying to engineer human race. According to me the advancements are good unless they do not harm ethics and this advancement is unethical. This is against our Christian values. So, the scientist should avoid any genetic alteration for any reason (we should not play god), it is unethical in…...
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Analysis of Biblical Narrative
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The initial response I had to my narrative Numbers 1:1-16 was that I found the narrative fairly strange and I was surprised that I had never heard the story before. I thought that it was interesting how hard God lashed out against Mariam for talking bad about Moses. Overall the story wasn’t extremely strange, but I do think that there was one part that was strange. When Moses asked God to heal Mariam God responded with, “Miriam would be disgraced…...
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Christian Beliefs and Capitalism
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The founding fathers of the United States wrote the Constitution without any formal role for religion in government activities, but with very broad protections for religious liberty as they expected religious morals to play a large role in shaping the country. Most of the early settlers of the United States were Christians. In the early half of the 18th century, 75 to 80% of the U.S. population attended church (Locke), so the early economy of the U.S. was put in…...
CapitalismChristianityChristianity Beliefs
The Amish Beliefs as an Alternative to Mainstream America 
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America is universally known as the land of diversity. So, it is only natural that besides racial diversity, there is a diversity in communities that live on its ground. One of the most famous religious groups that exists in America is the Amish community. The utter seclusion they live in makes them either invisible to the people around them, or they view them as an attraction. Their way of life was not so different from their neighbors when they arrived…...
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Civil rights movement and Christianity
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“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”i This quote from Audre Lorde was from a series of poems written in 1994 entitled “Our Dead Behind Us.” This quote could be used to describe most African Americans’ mindset a few decades ago when the Civil Rights movement was the most prominent battle going on in the United States. Even today, about 50 years later, those words ring true about…...
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 The Influence of Judaism on Christianity: Similarities and Differences  
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Judaism and Christianity are both part of the Abrahamic religions, and although they have many similarities, there are much greater differences separating their beliefs and practices. Judaism is an extremely influential religion, and it stands as the root of Christianity. The Hebrew people originated in Ancient Mesopotamia in the city of Ur of the Chaldeans. Around 2000 BCE, Abraham was a nomadic leader wandering the region, when according to the Book of Acts 7:1-4, God gave Abraham his first calling…...
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The Tradition of Non-Violence In Social Theory
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Social theory is the process of examining our assumptions about human nature and social reality. Many people make suppositions of how individuals lived before the time we were born into the mold of the world we live in today with all the inventions we have. Now that we have actual research is done and photo and video proof, we are able to become aware of how we got to where we are today, thanks to our ancestors. This includes prehistory…...
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Emerson’s Philosophical Ideology About Man, God and Nature
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When reading poetry or writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson, there is the need to understand the feeling behind the writing. Such is the meaning when reading Emerson’s Nature as the writer explores man, a relationship with God, and the solitude of man which is needed to enjoy nature. Reading the work allows the understanding of relationships fostering the understanding of solitude and man’s need to be in solitude to appreciate nature which can be seen as a thesis relative to…...
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The Art of Culturally Infused Myths
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As kids, our lives seem to revolve around of stories and what they have to teach us. This still holds true in adulthood, as we base our moral compass on these stories we are told as kids, such as; Siddhartha and the Swan, Adam and Eve, and even The Story of Xenu. What most of these stories have in common is that they all carry sacred meaning in one way or another. These are what we call myths. Myths are…...
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My Experience of Biblical Education
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When I was growing up, if you went to public school, you were cool. If you were homeschooled, you were weird. There was never an issue with teachers teaching us things that we shouldn’t know or telling us things that our parents didn’t want us to know. Of course, back then, God wasn’t in my life and my opinion of public schools has changed drastically. One of the biggest ethical issues in our society today is whether or not to…...
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Religion in ‘Purple Hibiscus’
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Religion is a very prominent theme in the book, “Purple Hibiscus”, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Throughout the whole book, there are my factors touching upon religion. Adichie uses different characters to display how religion is used and how people use religion differently than one another. The characters that can be used to discuss the use of religion are Papa, Papa Nnukwu, Aunty Ifeoma, and Father Amadi. All three of them are seen to use religion differently. Also, their kids are…...
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Judaism’s Perspective on Domestic Violence
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In most religions, living ethically is both a road to salvation and the pathway beyond it. All religions have practical codes that are used as ways of living or ways of doing things for instance, Islam has the five pillars and ethical teachings, Buddhism has the Noble Eightfold Path and precepts, Judaism has the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) and Christians have the Sermon (Goldburg, 2009). The five main religions obtained their religious codes through their God by self-revelation to prophets…...
Domestic ViolenceJudaismViolence
4 Hijabi Outfit Ideas For A Memorable Eid Al Adha Holiday
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Excitingly, Eid Al Adha is here again; it brings along concerns we have to deal like what outfit to wear. Eid Al Adha is celebrated all over the world in Muslim communities with enthusiasm; people love to greet and meet each other. Special meat dishes are prepared, and special gatherings take place. When it comes to choosing the right outfit for these Eid gatherings, it is not easy as it sounds; hijabis have to keep pace with trends, contrasts, and…...
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3 Tips: How To Be A Fashionable Hijabi On Eid Al Adha
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Eid Al Adha is one of the best festive occasions where hijabis want to rise and shine to look their very best. In this summer heat, it becomes puzzling to decide what to wear on Eid Al Adha. Bokitta totally understands the dilemma of hijabis who want to opt for a formal yet inspiring look on Eid. We have brought our Ethere collection to take this worry away from hijabis. 3 Tips for a Fashionable Attire on Eid Al Adha…...
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Global Order and the Muslim World
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Abstract Islam, as one of the quickest growing religions, has an impact on political behavior, cultural norms, and social depiction worldwide. Islam is the representative of a lot of wealthy variety of Muslims across the globe. The specialization in Global Islam aims at providing an insight of the diversity of the perceptions regarding the intensification of Islam and Muslims keeping in view the contemporary factors of cultures and societies. It focuses on much broader aspect of social, political, cultural and…...
A True MuslimIslam And Modern WorldReligion
Equality For Muslim Women
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There are over a billion Muslims in the world today, including 3 to 5 million in the United States, making it the second largest religion after Christianity. According to some estimates, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. Women in Islam, have obligations to respect their religion, become devoted wives and mothers, the right to be educated and work if they wish to, but also to protect their modesty by wearing a headscarf known as the ‘hijab’. There is…...
A True MuslimReligion
My Action Plan Proposal
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My overall action plan proposal or research is to learn more about Christians. Although I am a Hindu and am raised by Hindu parents, who hail from southern part of India, I used to have longing to Christianity and used to visit churches whenever I could in my childhood. My mother also believes in Mother Mary and we used to go to the church of Mother Mary, which was behind our society. The importance of the church was for Wednesday’s…...
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Tracing Chrisitian Leaders
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Christianity has remained one of the strongest and well known religions for ages dating back to Jesus’s birth. Christianity is the religion established on Jesus Christ the person, his teachings and story. Numerous people partake in and follow Christianity, however there have been individuals who lived their whole lives faithfully and expressed their religions values and beliefs through Christ like actions. St (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta, St Oscar Romero and Martin Luther King Jr. All offered their lives to Christianity…...
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The Existence of God
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The world of Philosophy can often be a tricky place and without proper understand of the texts and articles you read, you can very easily find yourself being misled. There are many that I still find puzzling and have a difficult time understanding. One of the arguments, that I find the most difficult to understand, is rationalism and using it to argue the existence of God. Each culture and religion have their own story as to how life began. These…...
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Does God Exists or Not
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People wonder if God exists. The bible gives the answer. God exists. On the other hand, we can know that God exists and there are many ways to ensure that. We know, therefore, by the inner sense of each person, we also know from the evidence we have in the bible and nature, all human beings have an inner sense and we know that God is a creator and we realize when we reache a crucial moment in their life…...
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God’s Love to People
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One thing I know and have learned more of is God’s love. Through this semester of the class Search for God, I found more and more of God's love for me. We learned this is multiple readings such as The Creation, The Fall, Redemption, Church, Bible/Scripture, Augustine's Confessions, and Mere Christianity. God's love for us is never ending. Jesus wants us to be like him, to live for him, and to teach others about him. God wants the best for…...
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God’s Love in Bible
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God’s love is strongly expressed in the Bible from the creation of men till now. He has been shown throughout the Bible in many forms and always show his love to them like saving the Israelites from Egypt. We can see God’s love in the contents of the Bible, from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. He saved them countless times from many misfortunes. As we go through the Bible, God’s love are richly illustrated in it.…...
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Holi: the Celebration of Colors
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As you should already know Indian culture is known as full festivals, religious and traditions. This paper is going to talk about the traditions and the festival call “Holi” which is also known as the festival of colors, worldwide. Holi is the spring festival of colors that is the second most important Hindu/Punjabi festival of India after the Diwali. This festival is full of fun with parties, traditional foods, and bonfires. Holi is celebrated with people smearing colors with each…...
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Holi the Most Renowned Festival in India
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Holi or the festival of colors is considered to be one of the most renowned festivals in the whole of India. The festival is celebrated for a day and an evening during the month of March with no specific date. Holi begins in the evening of Purnima or when the moon is at its fullest. It is celebrated by the name Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi in the evening, which symbolizes the beginning of spring as well as the triumph…...
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Is Religious Extremism the Biggest Threat to World Peace
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Abstract on Religious Extremism Religious extremists used to occupy society’s margins. Today, religious extremism seems to be everywhere — from ISIS’ brutal battlefields to lone-wolf terrorist attacks in the U.S., UK, France and Sweden, to name a few. According to the Global Terrorism Index, religious extremism has become the main driver of terrorism in the world. And if religious extremism is crossing geographic boundaries, it is also leaping religious boundaries — there are examples of extremism in every major world…...
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Ideas Contradicting The Interpretations Of Buddhism
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According to Keown, he has also interpreted in the way that although the Buddha is strongly against committing suicide or seeking euthanasia, there is no requirement to carry out futile or unduly burdensome treatments including resuscitating the dying individual. The burdensome could come in various forms, such as physically, mentally or financially. Unduly burdensome treatment mentioned is not an absolute thing, different people may feel burdened to a different extent. In other words, when discussing in the context of financial…...
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Buddha and Religion of Buddhism
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The religion of Buddhism started in the fourth and fifth centuries by Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha Guatama, also knowns as Buddha, demonstrate all the huge beliefs of Buddhism. The whole religion of Buddhism is based on a belief on an assortment of rules, customs, practices and principles. Buddha translated translates to the awakened one. The intention of Buddha's teachings was the pursuit to remove suffering, reaching nirvana, and staying away from the cycle of a bad life and then getting rebirthed.…...
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Footsteps Of Buddha Tour – One Of The Best Pilgrimage Tours
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Pilgrimage tours have always remained a highly preferred choice for many people all over the world. People from various parts of the nation love to explore various religions as well as cultures. One of such highly preferred tour is the Buddhism tour India. It is quite popular as the footsteps of Buddha Tour. Every year huge number of tourists not only from India but also from all over the world set out for the India Buddhist pilgrimage tour. As can…...
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Buddhism: Overview and Descriptions
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Outline of Topic Buddhism is a religion and philosophy from the teaching of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who is referred to as the Buddha (meaning “Awakened” or “Enlightened One”. Buddhism is originated in Northern India in the 5th-century B.C.E, and it was spread to China. Buddhism became an important role in the cultural and social life of China. Buddhism then became a dominant religion in Asia, and the estimation of the population is 350 million, which is the fourth largest world's…...
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Muslim Stereotypes in Media and its effect on Muslims
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The media we consume in the 21st century holds an important place in today's society. Its ability to carry stories in multiple formats across many nations allows us to freely choose the stories we’d like to see and for the producers to produce the ones they’d like to bring out from dark. As with many great abilities, this too comes with a great responsibility. The political situation found in our world today wants us to be critical thinkers, and be…...
A True MuslimReligionStereotypes
Islamophobia and Law Enforcement in a Post 9/11 American Society
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What Truly Happened Attack at Pentagon/World trade Center September 11-2011 8:11 AM 19 Militants enlisted 4 planes and drove suicide strikes. Two of the planes flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. 1 plane hit pentagon building just outside Washington DC. 3000 people were executed including 400 fire fighters and policemen. Television stations started indicating mental oppressors as Muslims. Muslims knew now what they have to face. At 10:30 a.m., the north structure of the twin towers…...
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Western Media Stigmatization of Islam/Muslims
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Is media in its nature anti-religion? Can media and religion co-exist peacefully? These are some of the questions of long going debates of some researchers. The relationships between media and religion have a long history starting since the industrial revolution with the invention of the printing machine, during which the mass production of Bibles was put into play, continuing to today’s day when there is an emergence of “information society”. Moreover, this relationship is solely based on framing the media…...
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The Portrayal of Isllamic Society In Documentary Muslim Women Talk About Hijab
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Introduction (un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab ​is a 37 minute ethnographic film directed and edited by Ines Hofmann Kanna that was released in 2007. The film focuses on a selection of Muslim women living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and hears what they have to say about the hijab. Especially in such a multi-cultural place as Dubai, not everyone, not even all Muslim women, wear hijab and the film asks these women what is means to them, what it…...
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Islamic Feminisms Effects In Turkey Through Muslim Feminists’ Religious Practices
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Introduction Is Islamic Feminism affecting Muslim Feminists' practices, and if, how it affects? Islamic feminism developed around the head-scarf ban after the 1980 Turkish coup and after the 1997 Turkish military memorandum. In the late 2000s, women from different segments articulated within the feminist movement due to increasing violence against women and creating discourses on women in politics by ministers and top officials. (Budak, 2018) In the third wave of feminism through Turkey context, which started in the late 1990s…...
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Puritanism and Transcendentalism
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American literature is characterized by several genres of literature which represent many different phases in American history and culture.  Among these are Puritanism and Transcendentalism.  These two movements share certain characteristics while they oppose each other for other reasons. The Puritans were a group of individuals that were very strict, radical Protestants that gathered as a type of religion after the Reformation in England.  They came to American for the freedom to practice this type of religion.  Writers of the…...
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Christianity and It’s Branches
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There are many different branches of Christianity, and each specific one has their own sources to influence their followers. I will explore how each one adds to the believer’s moral judgement, but also how so many different ideas can cause conflict and confusion within Christianity. Christianity is a practice of religion based upon the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. These beliefs in Jesus Christ and his teachings affects one’s moral judgement. Morality is defined as the being and actions…...
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Religion Helps Achieve Personal Sacred Goals

When applying thinking and ideas to any word, it is important to know exactly how it is defined so that it is helpful for the topic being discussed. I personally define religion as an institution of people that hold specific beliefs and live by these beliefs by doing certain practices and rituals to achieve their personal sacred goals. For a good definition, three things are needed (according to class notes): the definition must be useful for the purpose at hand, as precise as possible without being too narrow, and as free from bias as possible. As the paper will continue to discuss religion and my opinions, it is useful to know what exactly I define as ‘religion.’ Although I am a religious person, I believe that my definition is as free from bias as possible because this definition can apply to any type of religion, not just my own. How I formed this definition was reflecting on our class discussions about what exactly a religion is. I specifically left out that there was a higher deity to be involved in religion because I have learned in class that that is not true. Certain religions do not necessarily need/have a ‘god’ in their religion (for example Hinduism or Buddhism).

Religion as a Source of Bias 

The news article I chose, spoke about a husband and wife naming their child Adolf (after Hitler) because of their admiration for him. The article then tells about how the couple was a part of a neo-Nazis group that was banned in Europe and how that group was trying to start a race war. The academic article I chose was about online hate speech towards Muslims, specifically focusing on it after a certain event that caused many Islamophobia-related incidents. Both articles discuss a hatred towards a specific religion and their actions to show that hatred. The difference between the two is the kind of information the reader is getting and what the intended purpose of the article is. The news article is intended for a public audience to inform them but also entertain them. There is a bias that can be in a news article that cannot be in an academic article. For example, the news article’s author, Bianca Britton, says, “Photos were also recovered from the couple’s home that showed Thomas dressed in the white robes of the Ku Klux Klan while holding his son, according to PA.” This information is meant to shock the reader and have them keep reading. The article is not about the couple being in the Ku Klux Klan and the article says nothing more about that in the rest of the article. It is used merely as a device to have the audience form a certain opinion about the people in the subject and to keep reading the article. The academic article is intended for scholars, even though any person could learn from it, so the information is not biased. It is only factual presenting data and scientific research to draw their conclusions. Giulia Evolvi specifically writes, “This article seeks to answer these questions through a qualitative analysis of tweets…” (1). When using only qualitative data the chances of being bias is very, very slim.

Applying Critical Thinking to Religion 

I believe it is important to apply critical thinking to religion because it is crucial to understand the straight facts without being persuaded by bias. If you are critically thinking about religion then you are looking at all sides not just one side (as the news article was). Especially when first learning about a religion, like I did in class with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, critical thinking can help in forming my own opinions about a religion. If I was ignorant of neo-Nazis and what they stand for and I read the news article as discussed above, I would have an uninformed opinion about the group. Since the article had no solid evidence or motives that the group has, I would have just had to stereotype the group and use that information to warp an image of them that would not be correct. With the academic article, I have a factual understanding of Islamophobia that I would not get from a non-academic article. In this way, I am able to see true facts and evidence so that I can form my own educated opinion about a certain religion (or the hate of a religion in this case).

Dennis Covington’s Religious Experiments 

Critical thinking should be applied when talking about religion also because, in this way, we can academically see all sides of the religion. This reminds me of Dennis Covington how he studied snake handler’s religion by integrating himself into their lives and practices. In this way, he was able to see all sides of the religion (the good and the bad and in his case the fear of the snake at first). A majority of people would see this religion as barbaric but as our class discussed, Covington found the religion almost addicting.

Why Studying Religion is Worth It 

Overall, critical thinking should be applied when talking about religion. In this case, my definition of religion is useful for the topic at hand: to compare two articles (one academic and one non-academic). I also explain what reasons there would be to apply critical thinking to religion. Religion can be a difficult topic to study, but when critical thinking is applied, one can form their own opinions. Therefore, becoming an individual with their own independent ideas.

 

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