Understanding religions, assignment help

Define “indigenous” as it relates to religion in our textbook.

definition of religion described in our text is most meaningful to you
and why? Discuss why religion is useful in society. Explain why it is
important for you personally to understand the beliefs of other
religious groups


Unlike many of the world’s major religions, indigenous religions often
centers their spirituality within the context of the natural world and
on particular geographic features, including bodies of water, trees,
mountains, animals and everything is perceived as being alive with
sacred existence.

            The word indigenous means originated
in, and thus the termindigenous religion means the original religion of
a place.Indigenous religions in the majority include those not
considered to be ‘world religions’, such as Christianity,Islam, and
Buddhism, but instead are often rural in nature, do not seek converts,
and identify with specific ethnic groups.

            Religion has
been the basic foundation of life, saturating all aspects of human
existence. The definition of religion would be the belief of a higher
power that is in control of all things and knows all things. Religion is
useful in society because religious beliefs contribute to moral
beliefs. Religion also inoculates against social problems such as drug
abuse, divorce and suicide.

            Understanding religious
beliefs other than my own is a key element of tolerance, since faith
often define a significant part of a person’s identity, it’s the clay
that molds us into the people we become. I have been faced with many
friends that are Jehovah Witnesses. I remember as a kids making fun of
them knocking on my door but as an adult I respect their faith and I
expect them to respect mine.

 Source:  Fisher, M. P. (2014). Living religions (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.



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