Concept Of Supernaturalism

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Durkheim states that religion can be define through supernatural and its divine deity. Supernatural, when broken down, means everything that is nature, not made by man, is above us. What Durkheim’s implying is that nature has a soul that includes God within them. It’s possible because nature has a system that is followed by a mechanical law and is governed by itself. God and spirits are above this system is the religious idea. This view has people act a certain way towards things when they see things with spirits and God in objects, which they call them sacred. Also behaviors that go towards God are considered sacred as well, such as religious rituals and practices. The other things that have no meaning to them and does not serve a religious …show more content…
What this means is that religion is a system that make a person believe that their moods and motivations are encouraged by religion and that makes their religious feelings realistic, which leads to religious experience. This is one way to look at religion on Geertz account where religion is about the religious experience. This definition is missing the supernatural aspect that Durkheim included in his definition, which Geertz’s definition is able to include Buddhism, Hinduism and more. Another way Geertz has another account where he looks at religion in society, similar to Durkheim, however, Geertz does not believe that religion is essential to society. Geertz believes that looking at social structures can improve his understanding on religion since religion changes and shape social structures and social structures changes and shapes religion. Geertz states a problem with religion which is philosophers only focus on collecting data for religion when they should be focusing on what those data mean and how do they connect. It’s like they only focus on religious behavior instead of the religious behavior’s …show more content…
However religion does need society to exist. Durkheim states that religion is essential to people because society is essential to us, therefore religion is essential to society, however I don’t believe that religion is essential to people due to atheism and science. I also like how Geertz explain that religion changes to adapt to people because people change all the time. It’s weird that religion changes because supposedly the sacred scriptures are from God, written down by a prophet. And since that’s the case, it should be counted as a sacred text that should not be changed. I feel like religion adapts to the environment they encounter and the people who lives in that particular environment, they take what they like and leave they things they don’t like out. That’s another reason why I don’t think that religion is essential to society. Durkheim believes that religion is defined using the conception of supernatural and its divine deity when religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism and many other religions do not have a deity to begin with. Also Geertz describes how culture has a big impact on religion and the term he uses is syncretism, which means the act of combining, such as religion and culture. However we can see how culture

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