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RLG201a l Paper

RLG201a l Paper

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Published by Mensur Bajramspahic
religion paper
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Published by: Mensur Bajramspahic on Apr 05, 2011
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Mensur Bajramspahic, page 1
Religion, reality or an ideaThis paper will try to define the nature of norms that religion conveysthrough investigating their creation, understanding the term creation not asmaking something out of nothing, but rather as “making something shapelyout of shapelessness” (Gamow). Following this fashion, the creation processwill be explained as being triggered by various factors, such as social needs,need for effectiveness of integration and implementation of the same. Their assessment will take place as through examining the concepts of ideology of religion and human nature as the main factors in the integration of thecreation process. These factors along with the concept of religion being anidea, will try to explain the main goals of religion, and the goals will be definednot only through their accomplishment, but also through their interpretation.Since the aims of religion are defined in an abstract way, the paper willtry to argue that this is done in order to manipulate, for greater good originally,the impact of religion is relative, since the interpretation differs, lacking aconcrete definition. The paper will not find arguments in occurrences, and thenumber of those is enormous, but rather in concepts they will convey. It willtake the view, that we and we alone, are makers of universes (not universe) inwhich we live, and offer a message: that religion is immensely more profound,and the mind immensely more potent than we commonly imagine.The greater public’s interpretation and investigation of the nature of religion and its intent is found in the contemporary that instantly determines
Mensur Bajramspahic, page 2
the way of how the additional data will be collected, thus limiting the overallassessment to only one type of information. The author sees no better way toassess the nature of religion than to investigate its creation by the need for the creation, and the definition of necessity resides in human nature. Definingthese needs as social is one conventional way for investigation, but the author finds this way more as convenient rather than credible, or effective if youplease, since it disregards the human nature, and relies on the validity that thesociety observed is the precursor of religion. In searching for, as fundamentalas possible, the author found human nature as equally elementary as humansthemselves.No person can be human being, or live as societal being, withouthaving the main ideas about the concerning world. These ideas, or sometimesdefined as cosmic formulations, formulate the universe in which one lives. Theuniverses we create, no matter that there exist defined laws, constant andequal to everyone, determine the way and meaning of our life. Each of thoserepresents a scheme that organizes human thoughts and shapes humanbehavior, and each has the basic answers to all questions, or at least meansto searching for them. If observed as a product of complete self-reliance,which includes the absence of everything that is external, as Emerson arguesin his work “Self-reliance”, that they would hold the ultimate truth, since theywould represent the soul of human nature. Author disagrees claiming thatnone of those universes can be the Universe. For, self-reliance does hold theultimate truth, but only about the individual, and to individual only, whichmakes it only an aspect of human nature, not the actual human nature.
Mensur Bajramspahic, page 3
Knowing that humans are societal beings by their nature, thus part of the interdependent and organized groups, there is a need defined, and that isto make singular-common, not by summing the singular into the common, butby unifying the singular under the common. Exactly those laws, constant andequal to everyone, are the reason we still formulate our universes closer tothe common (idea of universe). They are the groundwork of society.Each of the universes we create, even though that they are at one timeself-consistent scheme of thought, at another they are superseded,sometimes by a grander scheme. Religion establishes itself not in accord tothose laws, but rather establishes the laws in accord to itself. That is wherethe consistency of religion resides. And again, to the individual, who believesin religion, thus creates the religion as its universe, is the source of ultimatetruth, it is universal. But to individuals (that believe) only, not to everyone.Using induction we can conclude that religion is not the ultimate truth, law, butrather, an idea.The author is aware that his statement that holds religion as an idea isthe universe he creates, so the concept of religion being an idea will beinducted in a more conventional way, and that is using the existent definitions(and interpretations). The most common and contemporary definition(s) andinterpretations of religion will be scrutinized, and their outcome brought up todefining the concept of religion as an idea, furthermore defining the nature of religion within the boundaries of this concept.There are many definitions of religion, varying from sharp and narrowdefinitions, such as interpreting and defining the religion as through one’s

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