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Religion vs Philosophy Religion has existed as long as humans could think wonder and ask themselves the simple question why We have always believed in a higher being that would control events that occur in our lives Of course the idea that something or someone beyond us has a higher degree of power over our existence differs greatly in the existent cultures and has changed significantly over the centuries In the western world between myths with numerous gods to the monotheistic thinking came philosophers that rejected the myths and tried to find logical answers to their inquiries Or was it the other way around Philosophers in a quest to find answers found themselves looking to God for their answers All philosophers have found themselves asking basic questions such as Where do we come from and What is our purpose on earth Hours have been spent pondering trying to find answers to the mysteries of life Believers have turned to God for answers this through prayer rituals at critical stages in life meditation or possession by spiritual agencies In a way philosophers are like spiritual leaders they express their beliefs and hope that others will share the same view on these issues and they both teach it As Aristotle taught his steps to happiness Paul preached about the religion or the path of enlightenment that would lead to a better life Religion is by definition a sacred engagement with what is taken to be a spiritual reality By defining it so it is possible to reflect on the importance that religion has taken in human life without all assuming that our religion is the right one Religion cannot be defined as something with a one fixed meaning or even a zone with clear frontiers It is part of individual life but also of group dynamics It is sometimes an institution that sets itself apart from a culture and it is sometimes the central part of
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