In Chapter 1 of the book it asks ³What is your religion or religious tradition?´ (7).

I would have to say that my religion is a portion of Christianity, more widely known as contemporary Christianity due to my general views that religion changes the more we as a people discover about ourselves, where we came from and where we wish to go in the future. I, however, am not saying that religion is general; it holds a myriad of knowledge that has led to anthropological, psychological, ecological, and even sociological findings that has helped in the understanding of human conditioning and construct. I am saying that people interpret religion a different way which is why there are so many religions, traditions, values, morals and beliefs on our seven continents. I can honestly say that I do not know what my experiences are with religion, besides of course my classes in religious studies. I went to church for many years with my family, and then I was too young to understand what was being taught to me or how people felt something that they could not see, feel, touch or hear. But, the older I grew the wiser my understanding for the values that church brought became. Sometimes, I feel myself become one with my religion , but I have to fall down so deep into a hole it takes more than my own predictable will to dig me out. Sometimes I feel myself connect with another religion, but at the same time I learned that some religions grew from others. My cultural and social backgrounds were shaped differently because of my ethnicity. As an African American young woman learning about the world and how pleasant or nasty it can be I was taught to be a certain way socially, and to hold myself a certain way. But, my culture I¶m not too sure. We are Christian and African American but we don¶t have any religious traditions besides going to church on Easter, and the Sunday before or after Christmas.

When it boldly states that ³religion confronts the individual«´ it is speaking above all other definitions of how religions is or could be or even what it used to be. My perspective on religion is that each religion uses different practices in order to reach their manifestations or the God that their religion speaks of. . In the Chapter 1 introduction. I have come to the realization that all true religious paths came into existence through divine inspiration. On page 8. the spark of interest in the people and the guiding light that religion brings to the people willing to try and comprehend the Word. not to make people believe less but to understand more about what is going on in other cultures and religions. I believe this is done. Religion is like the pathway an individual takes to reach their destination in their religion. Hudson Smith gives a fantastic definition. morals. Religion grabs the individual and manifests itself into day-to-day life. the universal question that everyone wants to know and understand would be ³what is religion?´ I believe that a good definition of religion is this: a human invention that centers on specific rituals and a set of stories that outline a basic moral code and belief system (Christians 1).So. or deduction for what religion is. the opening of Introduction to Religious Studies it scrutinizes the term religion. values and even the corruptions that our hectic lives bring about.

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