Essay on Why Religious Buildings Are Viewed As A Sanctuary

1425 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
For many, religious buildings are viewed as a sanctuary: a place to seek refuge from this wild and confusing world, to be at peace with your soul, to find and develop a connection with a higher being, and to be in a state of mindfulness to absorb religious teachings in an attempt to understand life. Religious buildings are a safe place for people to worship alongside others, or they can be a safe place for people to pray and focus on their individual relationships with a higher being. Last year, someone violated and desecrated one of these sacred places, leaving an entire community and country scarred and mourning: Dylann Roof. Last year, nine African American parishioners were shot and killed by Roof during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. When such unbelievable and horrific crimes occur, we are left to pick up the pieces, trying to find some sort of comfort in a rational explanation with tangible evidence. This paper will discuss the Roof case through the lens of a positivist criminologist by exploring empiricism, individual pathology, biological and environmental influences, and punishment. How can we begin to understand the crimes Roof committed that day? As humans, we start to ask ourselves questions like: How can a regular person like me go out and kill nine people in cold blood? How on earth did he think this was okay to do? We respond to questions like these by thinking: Well, he’s not actually like me. We begin to search for any sort of…

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