Religion

HONORS WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Religious Foundation

Amber Ohlendorf

Mr. Fiore 4th Hour

5/1/2010


Religion
Religion   impacts   a   society   greatly   in   economical,   social,   and   cultural   aspects.     Religion plays a role in everyday life in today’s people just as it had in history.   However, in order to appreciate the religions of today, one must look at the positive and negative impacts religion has played throughout history.   Religion is the foundation for the development of a community in history.
In history, religion affects the behavior of mankind.   The middle Ages expanded the importance of religion by applying it to everyday life to make a community one.   “The centralization of the church enabled Christianity to revitalize the spirit and faith of the Church,” (Western Experience).   By people being involved with the church daily, it allowed the church to become unified and powerful.   The church had the ability to open the doors to the common people and God.   The people were so intrigued by the afterlife, they changed their behaviors for fear of not being in the afterlife with God.   With the behavior change of people, religion has brought humanity to a somewhat civilized form and the need for torture devices slowly declined.   Religion in the Middle Ages brought the church and the people together in a respectable way.     In addition to the behavioral changes in the Medieval Period, the religion to Egyptians guided every aspect of their life.   “The Egyptian “Book of the Dead” contains the major ideas and beliefs in the ancient Egyptian religion,” (St. Petersburg Times).     The book states how one person’s soul can travel safely to the happy after life.   Since the people see the Pharoh as a god/goddess and do everything in their power to keep them happy, people spend their whole lives trying to live accordingly so they do end up with the Egyptian god Osiris.   By people who live by the book, the Egyptians were a unified community...
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