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
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...