Relationship Between Identity And Religion

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Identity and Religion
Seul (1999) posits that a religious organization can be important in developing one’s identity (self-concept) or group identity. Seul (1999), building on Social Identity Theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979), explains why conflicts among religious groups can often be intense and frequent, especially in terms of identity competition. According to Seul (1999), identity competition plays a crucial role in initiating and escalating intergroup conflict, “even when economic and political factors also are at play” (Seul, 1999, p. 553). Such competition can be divided into individual competition” and “group competition (Seul, 1999). Both of these individual and group identity competition, Seul (1999) explains, can be considered “a byproduct of individuals’ efforts to satisfy basic human needs, including various psychological needs” (Seul, 1999, p. 553).
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Religious organization often provides its members teachings of cosmologies, moral frameworks, and other “identity-supporting contents” that help build a strong sense of “belonging, self-esteem, and even self-actualization” (Seul, 1999, p. 553). Seul (1999) describes an important role of religion as “the peculiar ability of religion to serve the human identity impulse” (p. 553). This underscoring on the part of the author is by far not much because of the following

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