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The Religious World

An interactive presentation on two different religious traditions: Christianity and Buddhism
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Jennifer Nguyen

on 8 November 2012

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This is an interactive presentation on two different religious traditions: Christianity and Buddhism.
It will show you the impacts that different religions make on people. The Religious World What is Christianity? Christianity Buddhism The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods? The practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith? St Augustine once said,'If you do not ask me what time is, know. If you ask me, I do not know.' What is Religion? What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. It comes from the word 'budhi', which means 'to awaken'. The history of Buddhism religion dates back to the year 580 BC, which started with the birth of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. He then set on a journey of teaching people the path to enlightenment that would liberate them from the cycle of life and death. Siddhartha left his home when he was 29, in search of enlightenment. After going through a life of self-denial, discipline and meditation, he was able to attain enlightenment. To many people, Buddhism goes beyond just a religion. It is seen as more of a 'way of life' and a philosophy. This quote relates very well with religion. Everybody knows what religion is before you ask them. But when you do ask them what religion is, they may not be able to define it. There are many different answers to this question.
Religion exists so that people are able to learn more about themselves. It gives people comfort and a sense of purpose.
For religions like Buddhism, it is for achieving enlightenment, whereas Christianity is for progressing to heaven.
Religion gives people hope, someone they can turn to and to trust in.
Religion also answers the great questions in life, like where did we come from?, what happens after death? So what is the purpose of religion? Since the dawn of mankind, humans have struggled with religion in one form or another. Whether you’re a believer or not, it is still important that you’re able to realise that religion plays a vital role in everyday life. "Self-realisation is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs"
Paramahansa Yogananda What does religion do for a society? Religion can have both positively and negatively effects on a society. It can both bring people together and cause conflicts. The rules that all religions have to govern how people live their lives allow societies to understand what it is that God is asking of them. It lets them have a clear understanding of their place in the world. Religion can be seen as a language, there are many of them and they can be hard to understand, but once you learn about it, it can be truly beautiful. What eight aspects are common to all religions? Social structures Symbols Rituals Myths and other stories Beliefs (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr What are the Origins of Religion? Sacred Text Ethical principles and oral or written codes of behaviour Religious experiences and spirituality. Christianity is the religion that is based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The beliefs of a Christian is the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Every human society has had its god/s, whether worshiped from Gothic cathedrals or Buddhist temples. Religion offers no obvious boost to survival and reproduction so how did it come to be? And why did it arise? Throughout world history, religion has inspired many positive and negative world events. For some people, religion is referred to and been given the reputation of ‘the cause of all conflict in the world’.
A positive effect that religion has had on society during the historical development of human society is its support for those in emotional need.Religion has provided many people with someone to turn to when they need help. How has religion contributed positively and negatively, to the historical development to human society? Everyone seems to have a belief on what religion has done for a society and there have been many debates on it. Beliefs are articles of faith that are thought and felt by believers to be true or evident.
Belief is an important aspect of religion because without beliefs, a religion would have no internal structure and its followers would not have anything to follow. Belief is what gives religions its identity. Myths and other stories can be related in the imaginative detail to a believed truth. It can be shown through legends, parables, historiography, legends, and folklore.
Myths and stories are important in religion to explain to the followers of the religion the way things are today. In Christianity, stories like the Creation Story and the Prodigal Son are examples of these. Sacred texts and religious writings in the form of oral and written literature are essential parts of religious traditions. They are records of a religion’s beliefs, stories, ethical principles and moral codes of behaviour, creeds, prayers, history, literature and ‘truths’. The Tripitaka (or Pali Canon), the Mahayana Sutras, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead are all examples of Buddhist sacred texts. There are many different rituals in all religions.
Rituals are a set of actions that have a symbolic meaning, and are considered to be sacred.
Rituals often express the beliefs of different religions through various procedures or liturgies.
The celebration of the Eucharist is a major ritual in Christianity. Symbols are used in religions to represent something else. Material objects are tended to be used to represent something immaterial. Symbols are usually signs, objects, people, actions or places that acquire a special meaning or power.
Symbols can be used to express significant beliefs and ethics of a particular religion.
A symbol in the religion of Buddhism is the Eight Spoked Wheel which symbolises the Buddha's turning the Wheel of Truth or Law. Many religions have an established social structure. Sometimes religious traditions have extra religious levels for followers who wish to become more spiritually focused, such as monastic orders for Buddhist monks. Parish Priests Monsignors Bishops Cardinals College of Cardinals Pope Ethical principles is the study of decision making about the rules of right and wrong in a culture or religion. The authority of ethical principles in a religious tradition comes from its God, gods, spirits, ancestors, elemental forces or divine principles. Religious experiences are life events that can be had in both religious and non-religious contexts. It links religious meaning to leadership, participants and witnesses. Bibliography http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/plaintexthistories.asp?historyid=ab77
http://www.social-exclusion-housing.com/religion-and-society.html
http://www.buddhismaustralia.org/impbud.html
http://www.religioustolerance.org/rel_theory1.htm
http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/practices.htm The Religious World pdf. file By Jennifer Nguyen 10E I love Jackson Morrison <3
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