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In The Making of Religion Alfred North Whitehead attempts to give a concise analysis of the various causes in human nature which go to form a religion To reveal the unavoidable transformation of religion with the transformation of knowledge and also to direct attention to the origin of religion on our understanding of those permanent factors by reasons of which there is a stable order in the world He begins this purpose of justifying the various causes in human nature to form a religion by showing religion in history then religion and dogma then body and spirit and finally truth and criticism Religion in History One thing that is certain about religion is that religion is as old as humankind The evidence of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon life representing the earliest members of our own species practiced burial rites that indicate a belief in an afterlife They also practiced rites of propitiation As old as religion is we still encounter some uncertainties when defining religion Reasons for being unable to define religion is many definitions are too limited in the variety of historical views of religion Some definitions are narrow they overlook or dismiss features that are characteristics of religion traditions Other definitions are reductive or prejudicial This is a question that challenges each generation on the curiosity of religion that humanity is always shifting its attitude towards it Pg 3-4 Justification is the basis of all religion Your character is developed according to your faith Religion can be defined as a system of general truth that no one can escape that has the effect of transforming character when they are sincerely held and vividly understood However your character and conduct can change your intimate conviction throughout life Your life is an internal fact that journeys through your external fact which is relating yourself to others The behavior of your external life is conditioned by environment but your internal life receives its final worth
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