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Elements of Religious
Elements of Religious Traditions Paper
Appreciate the contribution of religion to: Society
Interaction between culture and religion
There is a close reciprocal relationship between the areas of religion and culture. Religion is profoundly influenced by its cultural context because religion cannot be expressed other than through a particular cultural setting and context. For example, the fact that Theravadan Sangha in Thailand, do not allow women to become abbesses is a reflection of Define the supernatural dimension
Belief in the supernatural dimension is central to all world religions
Religion by its nature defies precise definition. However, the central commonality to all world religions is the belief in the supernatural dimension. Thus, it can be said that the most significant element of a religious worldview is this belief in a divine being or power, which is greater than humankind and the natural world. This being or power is believed to be responsible for the creation of the world, for providing a moral framework for human life and being the ultimate destiny of a human person at the end of their mortal life.
Different responses to supernatural dimension
Different religions have their own unique responses to the question of the exact nature of the supernatural dimension. The Semitic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believe that the supernatural dimension is a single divine being or power. This doctrine or belief is known as monotheism. The two Eastern religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, derive from an understanding of a number of divine beings or powers, a belief known as polytheism. Despite these differences, the belief in the existence of beings or powers beyond the realm of the natural world is an important defining element of a religious worldview.
Discuss a transcendent religious worldview, which has a belief in a divine power and/or powers beyond the human
A transcendent worldview is one which has a belief in a divine power or...