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29 Day Meme: Day 4 - your views on religion

My view regarding religion is that it is a cultural system relating to fundamental truths and values. It is intended to give meaning to life through rituals and symbols, narratives and traditions about the existence, nature and worship of a deity or deities and how they interact with human beings. Religion is hard work. Its insights aren't self-evident and have to be cultivated in the same way as an appreciation of art, music or poetry must be developed. - Karen Armstrong, The Case for God

Over the course of human history, there have been many religions and many sets of religious beliefs. Some have had a transcultural reach and significance, while others have been culture-specific. Since some form of religion has been found to exist in every conceivable culture known to man I would say that it evolved early in our history and satisfies a deep-seated psychological need to be able to make sense of the world around us and determine our place in it. This, in a nutshell, is what I think of religion.

However, if the prompt should be interpreted to mean whether I adhere to a specific set of religious beliefs myself, then all I can say is that I identify as a christian of the Catholic persuasion. Raised in an agnostic household, I nevertheless grew up in a culture in which judaeo-christian values and ideals are the norm, so when I identified the need to have a creed in my own life I chose Christianity over Buddhism or Islam or animism. In studying its history, its philosophy, its theology, and the history of the early Church, I became more and more convinced that the Catholic faith was the one for me, and I was baptised and joined the Church in October 1994. I stress though, that this concerns my personal belief system, and in no means implies that I reject others. I don't subscribe to the idea that Christianity is in any way superior to other religions or, indeed, the only way to enlightenment or salvation.

Day 05 - A time you thought about ending your own life
Day 06 - Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 07 - Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality
Day 08 - A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life
Day 09 - How you hope your future will be like
Day 10 - Discuss your first love and first kiss.
Day 11 - Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
Day 12 - Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 - Somewhere you’d like to move or visit
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days
Tags: church, memes, thinky thoughts
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