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What is Religion There are many different answers to this question For some people it can be answered by definition while that definition may not apply for others This question can only be answered by what meaning and value it has to a certain individual Religion is basically the belief in something of higher existence or power This could be money to a rich man shelter to a poor man or weapons to a terrorist There are no set guidelines of what can be holy to an individual and each individual has a human right to believe in whatever they claim to be holy or sacred Religion can have many different meanings to many different people In my opinion religion is a faith in something greater than us Schleiermacher the essence of religion consists in the feeling of absolute dependence This quote implies the concept of relying on a God or Higher Power for life itself Its the same idea of a child to its mother Absolute dependence translates to being non-existent without this Supreme Being Under the implications of this quote religion becomes a spiritual guide that governs the way a person lives day-to-day by giving that person hope belief and reason to exist in this world It gives them hope and belief by making the individual feel loved or cared about by their religion and its deities It also gives them hope and belief by feeling included in a group which shares the same views Geertz Religion is 1 a system of symbols which acts to 2 establish powerful persuasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in people by 3 formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and 4 clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic This quote is a very powerful piece because it represents many of societys natures This concept creates a duality On one
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