REL 134 Week 1 DQ 2
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REL 134 Week 1 DQZ How do religious traditions view the world and humanity39s place in it How do religious traditions respond to issues of gender Some of the aspects of a religion39s belief system may include what humanity s place in the world is how the world came to be in existence what the world39s purpose is and how the world will eventually come to an end Some of the subjects covered by many religions include the reason behind humanity s existence what we should do while we are in the world and guidelines of moral behavior that should be followed in order to satisfy the force behind the world39s creation Some religions discuss what death is and what will happen to the religious follower after he or she dies what is sacred what to do with sacred objects and believes and perspectives of suffering Molloy 2010 Each religion has a different perspective and understanding of the issues listed above Some religions believe sacred reality is material through the presence of energy and nature while many other religious beliefs address that sacred reality is existent mostly outside of the physical world Some belief systems include that the reality and the universe have always been and always will be while other religions hold to a belief that there was a de nite time of creation of the world Some religions follow the idea that nature in and of itself is sacred and its order should be followed Other religions hold to the belief that human nature is dual naturally tending to evil actions but desiring to resist them to overcome Some religions see the world or the universe as cyclical going through repeating phases while other religions sees the movement of the world state in time as linear Molloy 2010 Another aspect of different religions is their perspective of gender The dominance and leadership of male gures is very common in most of the world39s religions that are practiced currently In past religions some divine gures were female and a major focus of the religion was motherhood and fertility The roles of each gender can in many cases be de ned by the religious belief of the culture Males are often believed to be providers through their ability to work and protectors with a strong ability to defend while women are seen as caretakers that are essential for the continuation of mankind In modern times it is dif cult to discern which parts of ancient cultures at the time of the writing of the scriptures were necessary for normal operation of the society in that time period or were required as part of a religious practice or sacred rule Reference Molloy M 2010 Experiencing the world39s religions Tradition challenge and change 5th ed New York NY McGrawHill
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