Final Essay World Religions

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Final Essay World Religions
Bridget McKinlay
HUM/130
February 29, 2012

Learning about religions from other parts of the world has had a significant impact on the way that I now view religion. I feel like someone drew the curtain and let in the light. I feel a mixture of relief and regret. I am relieved that I finally have the knowledge that there is beauty and so much similarity in many other religions. I feel regret because I waited so long in ignorance missing out on the rich experience that the knowledge of other religions has given me. I was very limited in my knowledge and experiences with people from other religions. I had never really been exposed to any other religions but my own before this class. I had had some general
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I was afraid of people that held beliefs that were different than my own. I was sure that they were uneducated or religious zealots that just did not know any better. It is easy to hate a stereotype. If we allow a group of people to become a caricature representing things that we fear and do not understand it makes intolerance acceptable. I plan to use the information that was provided to me in this course to actually open dialogues with people from differing religious viewpoints. I feel that I now have a jumping off point; I am equipped with some basic knowledge that will allow me to ask intelligent questions and open a line of communication. Before this class I would not have known where to begin a conversation with a Muslim, or a Buddhist. I did not know the first thing about either of those religions. I now feel like I have legitimate and intelligent queries. I would feel perfectly comfortable initiating a conversation in order to gain more information about either of these religions. I have been enriched with a beginning understanding of many new religions. I am able to see that many of the monotheistic religions all seem to have a very similar message. Being a good person, loving your neighbor and treating them the way you would like to be treated seems to be a much more common belief than I ever would have believed. I will use the tools and techniques that we have been shown to enrich my own understanding of the

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