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This was my first essay in the University Why Study Religion It seems as if there has never been a time known to man when there has never been a religion in some guise or another Nor has there been a race of people who have never tried to practice it in some shape or form The study of religion should not be regarded as a new venture for mankind or a new idea that man is trying to grasp and understand Also it could be argued that by researching such a phenomena as religion it does not look like man will come to any unified agreement in the near future Especially if it all comes down to what religion means to you and whether you believe in such a thing or not So what is religion Can it be a way of life Does there have to be an element of the supernatural and what are the consequences if we ignore it Cliffard Geertz sees religion as a system of symbols wich acts to establish powerful pervasive and long lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic One has to keep the definition of religion fairly loose in order to encompass the many diverse religions of the world If we familiarise ourselves with the essence of many of the worlds religions then we would find they contain simple comparisons such as rituals morality and heritage The study of religion should involve in-depth knowledge into a collection of facts about the worlds religions and about how these religions have evolved throughout history It is quite possible that there has never been any race of people since the beginning of man on earth that can claim that they have no religion The study of
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