A Closer Look at Organized Religion: Its Impact on Our Society A recent study revealed that in the last 50 years between 1.5% and 5% of the Catholic Clergy has been involved in sexual abuse cases with children (Vexen 8). A corruption this deep within an organization that claims to found their belief systems on love, kindness, and doing the right thing is a clear sign that something is not quite right with organized religion. This may, in fact, be only the tip of the iceberg. It is clear that throughout history organized religion has always played a significant role, if not the largest. Religion has been a huge variable in almost every war from the Crusades to the modern war in the Middle East. Religion has continued to have a huge grip on our way of life, belief systems, cultural values, etc. Unfortunately, the hold it has on society also instills a plethora of fear, guilt, and intolerance into their followers. Organized religion has many benefits to it, however, the problems such as war and persecution, abuse of the environment, and control for power far outweigh those few benefits. Because of the violence and corruption found in organized religion, a path to ending the power they hold would be to educate young children about all belief systems, opening their minds to multiple belief systems before they begin to blindly follow one faith or another. Organized religion has been around since the beginning of civilization, when people needed something to grasp onto to answer questions about life and to give them hope that life did not just begin and end on earth. Since then, it has grown to become the biggest influence on most people’s lives. Superstition, religion, and belief may have been the first things the human species attempted to display in writing for record keeping (Vexen 5). “Once something is codified in writing, it becomes ‘set in stone’: the longer it persists, and the more people who read it out, the more it defines cultural truths. The more often it is written down, the harder it is to challenge” (Vexen 5). Through this time, organized religions grew and spread rapidly throughout different cultures, alienating them more and more from each other and building a foundation of intolerance and hatred that still runs rampant within society today. When mass amounts of people are persuaded by religion they can do horrible things and wonderful things in the name of their faith, unfortunately the leaders of most organized religions do not always promote what is good and righteous (Ganly 1). The history of religion is, for the most part, gruesome and evil. By creating something as large and pervasive as religion, mankind paved the way for the few power hungry individuals to take the beautiful idea of religion and to twist it, along with its followers, into the corruption and hypocrisy that continues today. Religion did not begin with the intent to cause massive war and persecution, create a power struggle, or cause hatred between groups of people. Religion began because it is a part of human nature to be curious and fearful. Before religion, human beings knew nothing about the world they lived in. Naturally, across the globe, different groups of people created answers to their many questions and based their faiths on them. The most common question of all: What happens when we die? “The only problem comes when you organize these beliefs into religions… then you get the conflicts that lead to violence and real evil. As soon as belief ceases to be personal, it causes great problems” (Vexen 4). Although most religions have an after life and a higher being (or beings) the followers tend to see their beliefs as so radically different from one another that they isolate themselves into their own religious faction and want nothing to do with any belief that is not compatible or understandable to their own. With any organized system (hence the name organized religion), there is always a leader that the members can look up to
Children: Criminals, Challenged, or Confused
Should children under the age of 7 years old be held responsible for crimes they have committed? In this case study we will be looking at an incident where a 6-year-old boy shot a classmate at school. Our purpose for conducting this case study is to find evidence to support the current laws of our legal system. We will cite developmental reasons…
schools were the earliest form of daycare
-Lessons were linked to the protestant bible, and the protestant catechisms.
-some older boys went to grammar schools
-schooling- it was seen as a way to preserve the statue qoe
Private vs. Public
Religion and education
-most people had enough education to read taxes, the Bible and the newspaper.
-Noah Webster wanted to eliminate British texts from schools so he wrote his own book called the Blue Back Speller, which teaches about America.…
Audience: less informed about topic. Forum: Time Magazine
A brighter future
Advancing the human genome as a species was once a sci-fi fantasy. Today, the idea of genetically modified people is reality. Although Genetic Modification is an extremely controversial topic, it has the potential to benefit our species in ways once unimaginable. Throughout this paper, I hope to inform you of the infinite amount of positive and beneficial possibilities that can come from this field of study. With the guidance…
Could one religion be better than another?
Thousands of barrels of blood have been shed over the idea that “my religion is better than yours” and until these days still, not only academic, but armed conflicts are being fought about the question. The comparison of religions is therefore of great importance and one ought not to tell it off too quickly. For a person to judge something, he first needs a certain standard to judge that something accordingly. Because of this, before I start answering the…
years giving life to rich tradition of art, literature and learning and having a huge military force”(history.com,2013).
One of the most important and significant thing about the Byzantine Empire was it lasted more than a decade. “it was the only organized state west of China to survive without interruption from ancient times until the beginning of the modern age” (history.com, 2013). The Byzantine Empire had some great rulers that are one of the reasons the Empire was so powerful. “The ruler Justinian…
Separation of Church and State
Separation of church and state is a term recognizing the distant relationship between organized religion and the government. This term came about after the reformation, a time when the Catholic Church in England was under turmoil and serious criticism by leaders such as Martin Luther. Through his expression of “two kingdoms” he provided a new type of government where the church would have no say in the laws of the nation and implementation of them. This theory was…
Advanced Placement World History
Midterm Study Guide – 35 Points – Optional AoL
This would be for the THURSDAY part of the test and would be great prep for both the MC questions – which will be more general than normal unit MC questions – and the C&C essay.
35 MC Questions – two points each
1 C&C Essay – you will have two choices
Units 1 & 2: Neolithic Revolution through the Classical Era; to 600 CE
1. Neolithic revolution; significance of hunter-gatherer lifestyle and the switch…
spoken languages, which include Croatian, Italian, Czech, Slovenian, and German.
This diversity results in many different religious practices taking place in the country. Freedom of religion is a law written in the Constitution of Croatia and separates religion from state. Roman Catholicism is the most followed religion in the country. Other religious groups include Protestants, Muslims, and followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
According to Hofstede’s cultural dimension, known as the Human…
D: Introduction As a teacher living in a highly religious state, it is important for me to know more about the main religions in Utah. The two most prevalent, being the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and the Catholic faith. I would like to know more about their beliefs, holidays, and family traditions. Some of the main beliefs in the LDS culture are Jesus is the Savior of all man, The Word of Wisdom, and the church was restored by their Prophet Joseph Smith. Some of the main beliefs…
iPods have great potential in both negative and positive directions. You can on one hand get distracted from real work or you can use it to be more organized and productive. This complex device has the potential to simplify your life. You don’t have to go out in the woods alone to find meaning in life, you just have to find ways take a step back and look differently at your routine life. If you can use modern technology to do that than you are probably going to be better off than other people lost…