CIVIL RELIGION (THE FOUTH OF JULY) While some have argued that Christianity is the national faith, and others that church and synagogue celebrate only the generalized religion of "the American Way of Life," few have realized that there actually exists alongside of and rather clearly differentiated from the churches an elaborate and well-institutionalized civil religion in America. This paper shows that the fourth of July is a very good example, but also that this religion-or perhaps better, this religious dimension has its own seriousness and integrity and requires the same care in understanding that any other religion does. When it comes to traditions in America, no day of the year is filled with more of them than the Fourth of July. The Americans have always done Independence Day up big, bigger even than Christmas. The day is filled with activities from morning until night; most love to cram as much fun as possible into the holiday to create as much memory as possible. The first thing to do bright early in the morning is to hang up the American flag, take a moment to appreciate your freedom then go on with your day. The U.S. Flag serves as a sacred symbol of our national identity that’s why we are expected to treat it with respect. Comparing this to religion, whenever a committed believer wakes up in the morning the first thing they do is say a prayer thanking their God to have given them a new day and end up asking him to protect them in whatever they plan to the rest of the day. Also they read their bible which has very sacred and humbling message for them. Later in the day almost every town has the 4th of July parade. This event is performed almost the same way every year. Most people attend this show not because it’s so fun and overly entertaining but because they love the sense of community when standing next to their neighbors cheering on the local Boy Scouts carrying flags or watching a local children’s Tae Kwon Do class demonstrate their board breaking skills along the parade route. Most of the parade, however, consists of old, fat Shriners riding on three-wheelers and driving go-carts which is a ritual older men like to do. Looking at this from the religious point of view we can easily say most of us get out of our beds early in the morning every Sunday, not because the sleep we are having…
The stereotype activity in the class was interesting to learn what is most of my classmate thinking about any subject such as religion and race and genders, so I chose to talk about religion in this paper, and the definition of the religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. And the most common religions are the Abrahamic religions are monotheistic religions, which believe, they descend from Abraham…
Question 1: What is religion, and what role does it play in culture?
Religion and language are the foundations for culture
The cultural landscapes marked by religions (churches, mosques)
Also see evidence in way people dress (veils, headscarfs) and personal habits
Religion- system of beliefs and practices that people attempt to order life in terms of cultural perceived ultimate priorities
Perceived ultimate priorities are expressed in terms of should:
Should I say this?
Evil will always be in this world and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. People killing one another for food and money because they feel there is no other way to deal with poverty. Also countries declaring war on each other for political views or resources. There are even groups such as the militia that believe anyone who does not follow the Islamic ways should be punished by death. This is only a short list of evil that goes on around the world. In my opinion…
beliefs? Many students today experience this daily when their teachers discuss the ideas of other religions in public school classes. When teenagers that are of atheist or agnostic beliefs are expected to know the history and teachings of a religion that bases all aspects of life on the idea of a greater being, they can become very uncomfortable or offended by the extreme difference in opinions. Some religions have completely different beliefs that involve different Gods, or even the nonexistence of a…
Civil Religion Paragraph
This article is talking about how the religious affairs adviser for President Obama, believes that Civil Religion needs to go away. He was saying that too many politicians are using Civil Religion as a way to gain followers and it is not fair to society. He goes on to say how America needs something like Civil Religion, but not that specifically.
This issue is significant because in America Civil Religion is growing each year. The amount of people…
Colorado Technical University
What is religion? A very broad definition according to Understanding religion is: religion is a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that relate humanity to spirituality and sometimes, to moral values. Some religions place emphasis on belief while others emphasize practice. However it is described, religion plays an important role in our society. Religion can be described as having three major functions in society…
The role of diffused religion
Diffused religion, that is that set of values, practices, beliefs, symbols, attitudes and behaviours which do not completely conform to the official model of church-religion, coincides almost entirely, or at least for a great part, with a significant part of civil society.
Diffused religion does not perfectly overlap civil society, but it certainly constitutes a statistically relevant quota ofit. In other terms, it embraces a wide range of civil society, and it is representative of its…
Religious pluralism is the idea of different religious views coexisting in society. Religious pluralism is something that is a part of everyday life. It affects us as we attend school, work, or other functions. We live in a society where there are many religions, faiths, and beliefs amongst different people that attend school, work and other functions. We must take into consideration that everyone does not have the same religious beliefs and ideas. This must be considered so that no one gets offended and…
What is Religion
University of Phoenix
A religion is a composed gathering of convictions, social frameworks, and world perspectives that relate humankind to a request of presence Many religions have stories, images, and hallowed histories that intend to clarify the significance of life and/or to clarify the root of life or the Universe. From their convictions about the universe and individual temperament, individuals may determine profound quality, morals, religious laws…
(And how they differ from civil rights)
"If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938 (Isaacs 66)
Freedom of speech…