What is religion: a modern worldview model
Life changes, Higher forces remain
Entire epochs succeeded each other, the power changed endlessly, but one thing remains unchanged to this day. Human society (at least, most of it) is religious. Once religion was the most important power. For example, in the Middle Ages, all laws were based only on those or other religious ideas. Remember Victor Hugo's novel about Esmeralda and the bell-ringer Quasimodo. The author shows us the religious way of those centuries when all power was in the hands of the clergy. Hugo has an archdeacon Claude Frollo, in whose hands there was absolute power, including military power: he was subject to entire rifle regiments, headed by their captain, Phoebe de Châteauper. What is religion today? What is its role in the cultural life of a person and the whole society? Answers to these questions will be found in our article.What is religion in its broadest sense?
Speaking in terms of terms, this is a form of social consciousness, which is manifested in the mass and organized worship of someone or something. A person’s belief in any existing Higher Forces (in God, in the Devil, in idols, fetish, etc.) is established as a special relationship within the framework of a particular cult. All this is accompanied by religious precepts, certain traditions, ethics, dogmas, morality, and, finally, culture.
What is religion in the modern world?
Modern religion is a modernized cult system. The role of religion in this case is based on immediate faith, as well as on certain norms that are enshrined in special scriptures. They include various rules, ceremonies and ceremonies, as well as prohibitions (wherever without them!). The modern model of religious culture looks like this:
- There is a scripture - a textual source (for example, the Bible).
- There is a religious leader. This is some kind of figure that launched faith and a certain cult (for example, Jesus Christ).
- Contact with the Higher Forces, manifested through the conduct of certain rites and rituals (for example, prayers).
What is religion in its essence?
The form of worship in any of the world religions is certainly different: it can be both a praise, a ministry or even self-torture. However, all religious denominations (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) have one essence: those who worship this or that cult try to earn their favor with their deity. This is done with the aim of receiving a spiritual reward, which can be posthumous praise, as well as a lifetime special state of mind.
Religion and humanity
Any religion is aimed at the spiritual development and growth of the individual human person and the whole society as a whole. Each of them corresponds to a certain human inner nature, and its commandments and laws correspond to the needs and requirements of the whole society. The universe is unthinkable without humanity, which is a very important component of a complex process called life and harmoniously interacts with its other components. Religion for human society is the deepest conviction of what was not given to him as external evidence or exhaustive proof.