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Institutionalized Religion

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Paul Salazar

on 5 May 2016

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Transcript of Institutionalized Religion

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Institution: a society or organization founded for a religious, educational, social, or similar purpose.
What is "institutionalized Religion?"
Pros
having a religion represented in various forms of government is very traditional
creates a basic guideline to how the community will operate
forms basic ethics for the judicial system to operate by
Creates a collectivistic culture (depending on the religion) for the citizens to confide in a practice and/or higher entity
the freedom to practice ones belief freely within the community.
Does institutionalized religion means integration?
Institutionalization
in modern day society
Institutionalized Religion
Religion: is a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called "an order of existence".
what?
Institutionalization is an often-deliberate process whereby a person entering the institution is reprogrammed to accept and conform to strict controls that enables the institution to manage a large number of people with a minimum of necessary staff.
why?
Institutionalization seeks to establish norms or a systematic way for doing things. Institutionalized religion, therefore, seeks to establish a system for actively believing in and engaging God. How did anyone ever believe this was possible?
when?
Religious ideology and ethics have been the building blocks to most societies since the earliest times of civilization. Government, education, and court systems have their own ways of engaging religion in order to justify laws and cultural distinction. (i.e. catholic churches would be at the center of the city/town in European countries which is a part of that catholic culture)
who?
main religious groups that have integrated a religious belief and/or practice in their community, society, government, etc.
cons
Infringes on certain lifestyles
Subjective to each individual since religion and the practice can be organized by the meaning and existential belief is different amongst most individuals
A religion(s) that claim a monopoly on God will ultimately divide the practitioners.
Some religious are deeply rooted in tradition and would not evolve in a progressive society.
institutionalized religion has been used to justify genocide, oppression, and impose a controversial agenda that empowers the dominant people (oppressors) in said religion.
By installing a religious practice or belief for a society to engage in or acknowledge would be evangelistic rather than oppressive by the utilitarian definition.
is there a logical fallacy?
religious ethics has been an ongoing debate even within the same sect of religion
the intersectionality of a religion has often polarized the main religious philosophy and further divided the church and/or religion. (ex. the Catholicism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc.)
Arguments for institutionalized Religion
U.S. citizens implore the state to have separation in order to express their independent views on religion and their existential beliefs.
The U.S. was not as progressive as it is today since the first time "the separation of church and state" was not in the constitution.
It was in a letter from president Thomas Jefferson to the baptist church in Connecticut
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