REL 134 Week 5 DQ 2
REL 134 Week 5 DQ 2
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REL 134 Week 5 DQ2 What threats do the Western religious traditions face in a more secular world How are they coping with these threats Individuals practicing Western religions do not see as many threats to their religious traditions as observers outside of the religion see There are some modern obstacles Western religions must face The practitioners of these religions should be ready to acknowledge these threats and face them while being faithful and adapting to modern society There are a couple notable challenges forJudaism in modern times One challenge is that the younger generation ofJewish people is changing due to pressure from external sources and the younger generation is also nding older markers ofJewish identity unnecessary The de nition ofJew orJewish in the past decade is somewhat fragmented with the new generation ofJews not practicing the same religious traditions that have been adhered to for so long In addition to external pressures to assimilate with the majority of Western culture more youngerJews are marrying outside of the Jewish bloodlines which is something that before was frowned upon by Jewish parents and otherJewish elders These mixed marriages mixJewish traditions with outside traditions and the children of the marriages grow up recognizing multiple religious traditions Judaism is currently seeking ways to address matters of ideological and ethnic diversity Molloy 2010 Christianity also faces some challenges in modern times One of the challenges Christianity faces is the growing knowledge and evidence supporting the knowledge that the sciences have created or found Unfortunately many Christians and Christian churches still feel threatened by the theory of evolution There is also a mixture of identities that are considered Christian with more diverse people groups calling themselves Christians but do not celebrate the Christian holidays baptism or even adhere to Christian beliefs about marriage Some secular researchers have found that marriages within Christian churches do not have a better success rate than secular marriages not attached to Christian churches Some Christians would say this is because a certain number of people calling themselves Christians in modern days are not really Christian at all and do not believe in the traditions and practices that are traditional in the religion Medical science offers greater aid to the sick than before so there is less of a dependence on prayer within Christian churches to administer healing More people that call themselves Christians turn to science and medicine rather than depending only prayer This should not be a challenge to Christianity at all because Christians throughout history have depended on what medical science was available as well as praying for good results This may be an example of outside criticism towards Christianity and not valid from within a Christian perspective Many Christians likely see the advances in medical science as provision from God that allows many people to be healed Very few Christians depend only on prayer and divine intercession with disease One very challenging situation in modern times for Christianity is the diversity of the branches of the Churches and their interpretation of what Christian scripture means Some Christians believes this brings more people to Christianity while other more traditional Christians believe that many of the interpretations are not valid or useful Islam39s biggest challenge in modern times is the necessity of separating the Islamic church from political entities With the globalization trend the mixture of cultures in many countries does not allow for Shariah law to be practiced and this stresses some of the stricter practitioners of Islam Reference Molloy M 2010 Experiencing the world39s religions Tradition challenge and change 5th ed New York NY McGrawHill
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