Religion Has Been The Basic Foundation Of Life Essay

810 Words Jan 17th, 2016 4 Pages
In the "Living Religions" Ninth Edition book, there was one paragraph that really stuck out at me on page three.
"In many cultures and times, religion has been the basic foundation of life, permeating all aspects of human existence. But from the time of the European Enlightenment, religion has become in the West an object to be studied, rather than an unquestioned basic fact of life. Cultural anthropologist, sociologist, philosophers, psychologists, and even biologist have peered at religion through their own particular lenses, trying to explain what religion is and why it exist to those who no longer take it for granted."
This paragraph really got my blood pumping. I got so excited once I read the word "object" in reference to religion. People in 2015 have taken religion beyond the point of objectifying it. If you truly think about it, religion has been being used to belittle others, used as a weapon of choice, and has been being used to create intolerance and injustice in the West. I cannot tell you how many times I have been "defriended" in my high school and felt ashamed of myself simply because I was not Christian. Most, not all, of the Republican nominees for Presidency campaign on religion. They get half of their votes simply because of their religion. If that isn 't objectifying then i don 't know what is. The West is taking something so gentle and fragile, in my eyes, and using it as a pawn to win people over or to hurt someone. People in the West don 't believe in…

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