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
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…
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…
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…
How Religion effected Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X in the civil rights movement in the l960s and 70s?
Martin Luther king was a Christian minister who was influenced mainly by Christianity. He was influenced a lot by Jesus Christ and the Christian gospel in which he would almost always quote in his religious meetings and speeches at church. Religion inspire Martin Luther King to change and help everyone understand that we are all God's children, no matter what race or color we are…
Civil Liberties Exam
1. Civil Liberties are our guaranteed rights that are either in the Bill of Rights, or our Constitution. The first amendment has most of the civil liberties including freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. They are viewed negatively because they can’t be changed, and are set in stone in our constitution. They are revolutionary because it was the first time our fore fathers had individual guaranteed freedoms granted to them. Civil rights are usually viewed as positive…
Can religion affect a society?
A Review of the Literature
City College of New York City
Because of religion people decide what is wrong from right. Without religion people wouldn't fear disobeying God and they would act as they please. Although our nation is an "secular" nation many people still believe in a religion in order to get on the good side of God. Religion is what stops our criminal numbers from skyrocketing. The world as we know it would not…
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Carney, J. J. "Displacing The State: Religion And Conflict In Neoliberal Africa." Journal Of
Church & State 55.1 (2013): 149-151. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.
New religious movements throughout African states develop constantly overtime in response to what they view as Government neglect. Though reasons vary from country to country, these groups often fight for there specific rights they want…
Assess the view that religion is a conservative force (18m)
Many sociologists believe that the properties of religion make it a conservative force; it can be seen as a conservative force in the sense of being ‘traditional’ and defending traditional values and institutions. It is also considered conservative because it functions to conserve or preserve things as they are by stabilising society and sustaining the status quo.
It is seen that religions have conservative beliefs on moral…
Religion should not Influence Government
Religion should not Influence Government
If you woke up tomorrow and found yourself part of a minority group that was treated like a second class citizens and denied civil rights how would you feel? Every day in the United States minority groups are denied basic rights that ever other U.S. citizen is grated. These rights are determined by the United States government that is influenced by religious beliefs, even though our country…