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Faith, Philosophy, and Government

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Running head: Faith, Philosophy and Government Faith, Philosophy and Government Lorie Ceal Grand Canyon University World History Before 1500 June 21, 2009 Abstract Our group will create a flavorful research pie by studying the commonalities of the major religions; Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Confucianism. We will then look for similarities between these major religions and the minor religions; Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and the polytheistic religions of the Greeks and Romans. We will place the major religions in their historical context. Then, discuss why we believe religions and belief systems developed the way they have. We will also explore the necessity of studying religion to better understand the development of civilization. Mixing all of this research together, we hope to obtain a historical understanding of beliefs that may differ from our own. Faith, Philosophy and Government Introduction Religions, and belief systems, through out history, are about as numerous as there are types of apples. All of which give a subtly different flavor, still, there remains areas of commonalities between them. As a group we decided to look for these common threads and went further, to discover the importance of studying religions in history and why they seem to develop the way they do. Amazingly, much like pieces of apple can make a pie, the various religions and belief systems come together to make a civilized world. ...read more.


(allaboutreligion.org) They are all considered Abrahamic religions because they all base their origin from the time of Abraham. (Upshur, 2007) They all believe in Moses, prophets, and the Ten Commandments. (allaboutreligion.com)These three major religions have a lot in common with the minor religion of Zoroastrianism. Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, "removed the magical elements from religion" (Upshur, 2007, p.38)) He, also, devised the notion of "last judgment, taught that men and women were expected to avoid sin, and abide by divine laws". (Upshur, 2007, p.38) All of these beliefs are shared with the three major monotheistic religions; Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The polytheistic major religion would be Hinduism. It shares common threads with the minor Greek and Roman polytheistic religions. They all believed in many gods that controlled natural events and there were sacrifices made to these Gods for atonement and appeasement. (allaboputreligion.org) Brow tells us that, " it is often pointed out that the most ancient literature of the Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus and the traditions of many races agree that the first men brought animals to represent them in their worship of God" in the form of animal sacrifice. (Brow, n.d.) Eventually the Greek philosophers, Buddha, and Confucius all reacted against a corrupt priesthood and their animal sacrifices. (Brow, n.d.)Even some of the monotheistic religions had animal sacrifice in their origins. ...read more.


"Many early polytheistic religions practiced animal sacrifice to appease their gods, used divination for communication with those gods, and ascribed magic to explain many natural occurrences." (allaboutreligion.org) It is our groups belief that as man became more educated his societies and belief systems actually became more sophisticated. Moving from the need to have natural occurrences explained to looking at questions of a deeper spiritual matter. This evolution in thinking changed religions from being mainly polytheistic, to the ones today that are mainly monotheistic, or ethical systems of belief. It is our group's belief that religions and societies will always keep evolving because people are always looking for answers and they look to religion to show them the way. The why of religious development sure makes a great glazed filler to hold our research pie together. Conclusion Let us look back and reflect on all of the ingredients for our wonderful religion research pie. We have made our crust from the finest origins of religions in history. We have filled our pie with the flavorful fruit of commonality. Then we spiced things up with a dash of developmental understanding. Finally, we held it all firmly together with the glaze of the possibilities of why religions develop the way they do. So, now that our religion research pie is complete, maybe we could all sit down and share a flavorful slice of knowledgeable religious tolerance and enjoy the peace while we eat. ...read more.

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