During the American Revolution, our founding fathers were of different religions like Quakers, Methodists, Baptists and other religions. This could have been a problem but their desire for democracy outweighed the religious differences. Each religion could see that in our new democracy that their religious leaders’ voices were being heard. I think that this was an important part of country being united in our desire to be free. Many of the new colonies were settled people who faced religious persecution for their beliefs in England.
Critically assess the view that religion is always a conservative force in society Religion is generally described as either a conservative or dynamic force in society. If religion is a conservative force, that means it leaves society unchanged and functions to maintain the status quo. This can be seen as a good thing by many theorists but undesirable by others. Differently, if religion is described as being dynamic that means it is an active force that changes society. Functionalists, Marxists, Social Action Theorists and Feminists see religion as a conservative force, whereas Neo – Marxists and Weberians see it as dynamic.
Their effectiveness is due to how the examples display our, America’s, usage of Christian beliefs compared to what the actual beliefs say. His most effective example would have to be when he describes how America breaks one of the Ten Commandments themselves. It is true we are a nation that still permits the death penalty. However, the irony he displays sets it apart from the others because the sixth commandment itself says “Thou Shall Not Kill.” Not only that, his perspective of how we say we are Christian is also good for his argument. One negative aspect to his essay would have to be his bias toward conservatives and the rich.
These two writers do share many theological similarities, as they are both religious liberals. However, because of many societal affects and scientific discoveries, these two liberal writers have different ideas concerning what to do with the human ability and God's
One difference between the Democrat and the Republican Party is their views on family values. Family values within nations such as America normally have a religious basis, meaning personal choices are made based on ethical lessons taught within religious scripture, typically in western countries, the religion is Christianity. Family values is the concept of basing family rules or unofficial laws within families based on the cultural norm, - the family will normally impose house rules as to what is socially acceptable, based on the same teachings of their upbringing or religious belief. However, in a more liberal society, the term 'family value' has become more of a vague term, often seen as dated for a number of reasons,- such as Christianity no longer being taught within schools, or women's rights being taught more within schools. Because of this, the modern definition of 'family planning' has lead to some controversy amongst politicians within America.
Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim on Religion Religion plays a very interesting role in the world of Sociology because it is such a deep seeded and integral thread that holds many different parts of society together. A religion can be seen as a unified system of beliefs and practices which are relative to sacred things and beliefs (Giddens 1972, p.224). It can shape ones thoughts and feelings and gives people a sense of hope and something to believe in. However, although virtually no sociologist will deny the importance of religion in different societies, they differ greatly on their views on how it can fit into social and/or economic theory. Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx are two very well known sociologists whose opinions on religion differ a great deal.
According the United States Constitution, the First Amendment protects this right. The main aspect of this constitutional right is to grant religious believers the privilege from laws that impose difficulties on their freedom to practice religions (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/research/cornell-law-review/upload/becker.pdf). As you can see, there are many differences in laws between Saudi Arabia and New York States, however there are many more than what was listed above. It is important to know the disparities between laws and how they apply to you. Works Cited Page Al-Awsat, Asharq.
It is also because the words express the deeply held views of a wide swath of conservative Christianity. Buchanan’s speech epitomizes the Religious Right’s general view of the “culture war”—as a “religious war”3 that manifests itself on many “cultural” fronts, most urgently abortion, homosexuality (especially, now, marriage equality), education privatization, and curriculum content of the public schools. So the culture war is not simply conflict over abortion or gay marriage. It is a one sided war of aggression against the civil rights advances of women and minorities and the rights of individual conscience that we generally discuss under the rubric of religious pluralism and of separation of church and state. For these political aggressors, war is not merely a metaphor or the equivalent of a sports analogy.
Christianity for example has many different types of people like Catholics, Protestants among others. I find it interesting how there are similarities among different religions but most of the time they only see their differences in order to condemn each other and prove they are the only “right” one. Christianity caught my attention because as Stearns says how coverts brought religion, the Latin writing system, and different artistic and intellectual instruments associated with Roman Christianity. Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism are major religions around the world and millions of people practice them. An important factor for Christianity to be known around the world was the connection that Europe had with the Americas.
I agree that religion, when used correctly, is a phenomenal catalyst for incorporating moral and ethical principles into government. When religion is misused, it can create quite a tyrannical government. An example of this is the Middle Ages, where religion was used to instil fear into the governed. I will hypothesize that it is important that the religion was Protestant and not Catholic. I am very skeptical that democracy would have been the same result if the religion had been Catholicism instead of Puritan.