How Does It Work? The Role of Religion in Society

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More than a human phenomenon or experience, religion is one of the fundamental institutions of all societies.[1]  As a social construct, its contributions and limitations are real and undeniable.  However, there are differences of opinion regarding what roles religion play or should play in our world.  And yet, because every opinion is contextually-situated and finite, in that respect, limited, every opinion or hypothesis regarding the functions of religion deserves our thoughtful consideration. We must listen to and learn from them.

In the scholarly study of religion, and thanks to the contributions of the field of socieology, there are three main views that help us understand how religion fits in society and what purposes it serves: The Functionalistic, The Conflictivist, and The Symbolic-Interactionist views.  Let us briefly describe each one of them and focus on what their areas of concerns are.

First of all, minimizing social conflict, religion usually reflects, maintains and preserves the dominant establishment of any society, in terms of their main values, beliefs and acceptable, normative behaviors.  From this standpoint, religion, like other social institutions articulated by humans, creates balance and harmony in people’s lives to make things “work.”  It is another piece of the big machinery we call “society”, a micro-organism of a larger, integrated body.  As such, religion makes some contributions and has limitations as well.  These are basic tenets of a functionalist perspective of religion

Second, seen through the lens of how its values, beliefs, and actions embody the structures, ideologies, and patterns of behavior of the larger society, religion typically replicates the same tensions, fractures, and conflicts we find in the secular world, especially with respect to the issues of power, privilege, inclusion, use of resources, and classes of people, with the corresponding inconsistencies or ambiguities.  As such, religion plays a pivotal role in facilitating social change, slowing it down, or making it harder to be achieved.  The conflictivist perspective assumes these ideas as fundamental truths.

In addition to the first two views, religion also provides spaces for its members to interact with each other in changing, symbolic, complex ways, and to exercise different levels of influence in doing so.  This interaction is part of larger societal systems and is meaningful, even when its members might not be fully aware that their actions stand for particular patterns of conduct and ideologies.  Because this perspective focuses on human relations and their deeper meanings, scholars refer to it as a symbolic-interactionist.

Putting all these views in the back burner for a moment, religion plays more specific functions, many of which might resonate with a more down-to-earth understanding of its usefulness or lack thereof.  I hereby summarize some of the most important ones:

  1. Religion creates networks of significant relationships. Through common values, beliefs, and actions, religion unites believers in a fraternal spirit so that all of its members may have fellowship and show solidarity to each other in order to strengthen their faith as they invite others to join. Religion helps people connect to others thus creating a sense of community.
  2. Religion  provides moral guidance on how to live in the world. Religion is like an existential GPS or handbook that leads people’s path in their effort to express their solidarity to those who suffer or need a loving hand.  It gives people an idea about to live and act in goodness with respect to a Higher Reality and themselves.
  3. Religion offers some answers to the reality of good and evil. It its effort to guide people to live a good life, it is true that religion many times fails to answer all the questions regarding what is right and what is wrong, why there is evil in the world, and role – if any  – the Holy plays in it.  Fortunately, believers are not left orphans inasmuch as religion offers them some faith-based answers regarding morality and the problem of theodicy.
  4. Religion gives emotional support. In response to the uncertainty and challenges of life that tend to overwhelm individuals and communities, religion gives people faith and hope as it helps them monitor and deal with emotions such as guilt, self-esteem, fear, and concerns, in light of deeper, spiritual values. Believers can find in it the incentives and spiritual medicines to deal with many psychological challenges constructively.
  5. Religion  controls people’s lives. Through the creation and enforcement of religious values and moral norms, religion exercises a strong social influence in the believers’ life-journeys.  This form of social control – in addition to some structural constraints -, is only possible thanks to people’s free-will decisions to believe in and accept those values and norms.
  6. Religion helps cope with present misfortunes in light of a better world. In religious communities, tragedy, pain, disease and/or death are normally understood in terms of spiritual, overarching better plans and believers are guided to look forward to a superior life in this life and the next one.  Life’s present ordeals are part of a preparation for the future.
  7. Religion takes side with and supports the status quo. As a replica of the larger society, religions (by intent or default) normally play a conservative role identifying themselves with people in positions of privilege and power, while doing nothing or little to criticize, oppose, or fight against the establishment, and even neglecting the needs to those who suffer most.  When this happens, religion equips people for “heaven” and ignores “hell” on earth.
  8.  Religion generates morally ambivalent or paradoxical results. As a pervasive human phenomenon- with its possibilities and limitations- religion both includes and excludes, gives life and takes it away.  To our surprise, while It seeks to do good, it also produces the opposite effect.  No wonder religion, just like other institutions, is guilty of oppressing, exploiting, or hurting others.[2] At the end of the day, no institution is morally perfect or absolutely innocent.

In no way am I suggesting that these are all the roles religion plays or that religion fulfills all these functions at the same time.  In principle, they are all reasonable and valid, interpretative possibilities to be used when deemed suitable.  Not only are they all interconnected, but one of these function or any combination of them might be more relevant than the other possibilities, at any given time.  Again, the roles vary and so do their interpretations.

Along with some corrections or qualifications to the list of interpretations I have provided, other views could also be added since no interpreter monopolizes the truth or characterizes it flawlessly.   As we accept this invitation, let us keep in mind that all of us, as individuals, also play specific roles as members of our respective religious communities, which could well reinforce, diversify, or even challenge the ideas I have summarized in the present post.  We all play a part too!

 

[1] See also my other posts on the theme “Understanding Religion:” http://blogs.reinhardt.edu/ich/2017/01/25/what-is-religion-naming-a-faith-driven-experience/ ; http://blogs.reinhardt.edu/ich/2017/02/10/in-our-image-and-likeness-how-does-religion-facilitate-a-relationship-with-the-holy/ ; http://blogs.reinhardt.edu/ich/2017/02/18/in-the-beginning-the-origin-of-religion/

[2] The following quotes illustrate this function:  “Religion is the opiate of the people” (Karl Marx) and  “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet” (Napoleon Bonaparte).

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Dr. Aquiles E. Martinez is Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) and Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Programs at Reinhardt University. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Martinez has dedicated a good part of his life to equip pastors and church leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can serve their communities effectively. In addition to his many books, articles, and essays published in English and Spanish, Dr. Martinez has served several churches and the global community as an effort to help people develop significant relationships with God and their neighbors, especially with marginalized communities.
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40 Responses to How Does It Work? The Role of Religion in Society

  1. Angela Yi says:

    Religion is something majority of people believe in. However, there are different types of religions and different views people believe in. There are differences of opinion depending on what people study and what they are told as well. The functions given in the article is relevant and relatable for people to understand and agree with. Although we all do not believe in the same beliefs, we re the members of our church and we have to keep our words and have that belief for our religion.

  2. Gabrielle McDaniel says:

    Religion is up to interpretation, but it is up to someone with an open mind to understand the viewpoints of others to gain something. Religion plays different roles in society for different reasons and the reasons listed could be interconnected or one used more than the other but more or less they work side by side with society. The Functionalist, Conflictvist and the Symbolic- Interactionist views are very valid for what they explain. I love the break down of the idea of how religion intertwines with society in many ways based upon what you believe that is true and different. meanings are taken differently, depending upon the person.

  3. Lauri Malinen says:

    Religion construct has certainly shaped human societies in numerous ways. The ways that religion molds society and the lives of individuals is largely based on individual views, and what they wish to get out of the religion. There are certainly many relevant applications listed in the blog post. I have personal experience regarding religions ability to create networks of significant relationships. When my family moved to America, my parents decided to get involved in the Church in order to meet new people, and integrate with the community. The effects of religion are not always faith driven. Religion can provide many positive benefits to people who do not believe in a higher being. It can provide social support as well as bring peace and stability to societies.

    Lauri Malinen
    Religion 104 section 4

  4. Cecil Comenencia says:

    (Religion 104 040 MC)
    The article talks about 8 most important specific functions of religion in the society. I don’t agree with all the functions of religion like the one saying religion controls people’s lives I don’t think this is true for everyone, because I don’t feel like religion is controlling my life by making me or prevent me to do stuff I want or don’t want to. But then again I agree with the function that religion creates networks of significant relationships because you will have a better connection with people that have the same believes and values. This helps people to connect to others creating a sense of community. By saying this Religion again shows that it could be interpret differently by various people and I believe this is the biggest role of religion, the way people interpret their religion.

  5. Kimberlee Smith says:

    (Religion 104 040 MC)
    This blog talks about what the 8 main functions that they religion serves to other believers. I could agree with almost every one of these points. For me, at least, I use religion as an outline of how I should live my life. Without religion, I think that I would be completely out of order. I pray to feel better about the current outcome of the world, help others, and help my emotional and mental well-being. Even if most people cannot see what religion does to them, I believe that at least every person can agree with some of the statements being represented in this blog post.

  6. Sarah Crawford says:

    (Religion Section 3)
    This post listed 8 very important though topics on religion and the impact on society. The points are backed up with reasonable information and opinions as to why you think that. While most of the points i agree with, i do not agree with points five and seven. I do not believe that :religion controls people’s lives” rather than influences them. While agnostics or unbelievers may see it that way, most religious people do not feel that it it is a control. In my experience i feel that my christian faith does not control my life rather than influence my thought, decisions, and actions in a positive way. With point number seven I don’t see eye-to-eye with how some religions “side with the status quo”. While i am in no means an expert on all religions, however with the limited knowledge i have on some religions it does not seem to me that it tells a person to conform to the world. In the bible it even says in Romans, “Do not conform to the world”. With Muslims, women are called to wear hijabs, which is not the status quo for the majority of the world. While a certain religion might be dominant in a particular area, i feel that it is incorrect to say that all religion sides and supports the status quo. I feel that if it did, the world would be more extensively segregated as well as not as physically diverse.

  7. Mariama Diallo section 3 says:

    Religion is central to most people’s life in today’s world, it provides tools to individuals to navigate life as it happens by giving one order and regulations that provides a structure and ways of coping with life’s obstacles. It is important to acknowledge that it also allows for smooth continuation of society, because religion in most cases as mentioned in this article has a strong control on people’s lives by imposing power and sometimes fear, hence, the continuation of the same norms and practices with little or no question by anyone forever. Even though that sounds controlling, it has serve a great deal of good for centuries by keeping peace and providing hope for many who would have found living unbearable. That is why one should respect every religion even if you don’t agree with how or why it is practiced because most people need need religion in their lives.

  8. John Reed says:

    Religion 104 section 3
    Religion plays a huge role in society. The blog makes eight specific points on the role of religion in society. Most of these points show how religion has a more positive role in people’s lives. Religion unifies people and provides a moral guidance between right and wrong. Also, religion helps with uncertainties with life and helps people cope with certain things. Now the blog says that religion controls people’s lives. While in some cases I could see why religion can believed to have a controlling aspect, but I believe it provides things to aspire towards more than a controlling aspects. One thing I do agree with is that while religion can unify people, it can also divide them. Even though religion has many positive aspects, there are always some negative aspects that go along with it as well.

  9. Tiffany Blalock says:

    Religion is something that every human deals with differently. Whatever religion that someone believes in this provides them guidance to life. For myself, when I seem to be going through difficult times I have the tendency to become closer to God. As mentioned in the post, religion gives us direction, helps us cope with things that we may not understand. Throughout this course, I have realized that every religion has similarities. Each religion wants to help others and provide a sense of “comfort” to each individuals life.

  10. Natalie Kelly says:

    Rel 104 Sect 4

    The article talks about the eight core functions to Religion as society sees it. I feel as if with Religion there are two times that people get involved with the church. One being when they buy a new house and two when they start a family. There can be positive benefits like Lauri has said above as well as negative effects. I notice that when people are in a time of need they rely on the church and prayer very much. I know this from experience as well. I can agree with quite a few of these functions, the ones I don’t…I have to look at through a different perspective.

  11. Reanna Whitlow says:

    Religion 104 040
    I like when it said that religion is like a GPS because that is very true. Religion guides us each and every day and most of the time influences each action we take. If we do something good, we think that god will see it and reward us and if we do something wrong, god will see it and we will be punished. It is also a GPS in the sense of leading us to heaven or hell, where you go depends on the route you pick. Religion is one of the biggest if not the biggest thing that helps us pick who we associate ourselves with. If someone has the same religion as another they are much more likely to be friends and get along. I am not saying you cannot be friends or get along with someone who is a different religion or has no religion at all but having the same religion means you already have something in common that you can talk about.

  12. Madison Reeg says:

    In this article, it talks about different ways that religion plays a role in people’s lives. With social construct, there are many ways religion can be interpreted, and applied to the world, but everyone has a different opinion. Although some of the examples I agree with, I do not agree with the one that says “Religion controls people’s lives.” Personally, I feel like religion makes me a better person and I am able to relate to people better rather than religion holding me back. The point of this article though, is to point out that there are many different ways religion can be interpreted. For example, this article provides us with three different views: The Functionalistic, The Conflictivist, and The Symbolic-Interactionist.

  13. Landon Babay (religion 104 010) says:

    Religion takes on many more roles then just being a way to connect people to “god”. Our society is impacted greatly by religion in every day life. Personally, I think religion is a sorting factor between people. When looking at religion from a sociological standpoint, it becomes something that can further your social or even economical standing. In the secular world, religion has influences on money, power, and prestige. Religion also brings communities together through attending a place of worship. This creates conversation starters between community members. Neglecting the factors of religion besides faith would be naïve. I’m happy the underlying factors are not being ignored in this article.

  14. Josh Chupp says:

    Religion 104 #4
    Religion is a core construct to an individual’s identity, whether they identify with a religion or not. As stated above, religion is a social construct; meaning that it is created by people (dictated by society) and through social interaction people construct what religion will do in their life. This article states that religion plays three roles in society: the functionalist, the conflictivist, and the symbolic interactionist. At its most basic, the functionalist view states that religion has a role (or roles) in society that serves a specific purpose for society. The conflictivist view states that religion is an agent for social change, since many of the tensions in the secular world overlap into the religious world. The symbolic interactionist view states that religion serves as a means of interaction for many people. This provides an outlet for people to make societal changes because they are bouncing perspectives off of each other. Through the symbolic interactionist perspective, every action that takes place is believed to be representative of the larger group.

  15. Skyler Baughman says:

    Rel 104 Sect 4
    The article gives eight well-written examples of how religion works. Although, you are correct. In my opinion, you could break those eight down into one main reason: Eternal Love. While everyone searches for something they believe is their lifelong dream in this world. We always come back to the one thing that holds us together, Love. That’s why Christianity works so well all over the world. You can be the worst piece of crap on the planet that has nothing, but no matter what Jesus will love you. Saint or Sinner they are all the same in his eyes. When you have a sense that someone loves me more than I ever could possibly imagine, it makes you think of the world as a much different place than we are expected to believe. So, therefore you tend to act in a much more respectful way. That’s what I believe the role of religion is, Love.

  16. Kristen Wengryniuk, REL 104, Section 040 says:

    Religion is a powerful and ancient institution that fills a large number of societal roles. As with anything, there are some good and bad aspects to it. Some of the good include creating a sense of community and belonging, providing moral guidance, and offering emotional support. It can serve to give people’s lives meaning and help them cope with tragedy. Religion can also inspire great, selfless deeds in people, which is seen in those such as Mother Theresa. Some of the bad aspects are controlling people’s lives and supporting the status quo. If a religion fails to adapt, they oftentimes loose followers. For example, the church’s inability to adapt their views on gay marriage has turned many people away and fostered hateful feeling towards the LGBTQ community. Overall, the effect of religion on society balances out, making it ambivalent. It is interesting to see how religion can play such different roles at different times and places. Since so much of religion is contextually based, the same religion could be practiced in radically different ways depending on the location.

  17. Hinton BOling says:

    Religion has become more of a societal role now than ever before. Religion will affect the government, the economy, leadership, schools, essentially everything. For centuries religion has had a role in how a country or a community is ran. Religion plays many different roles in society and it will continue to do so until time ends. Religion has played such a role that even some people fake believing in certain religions to gain the likeness of the people in that society. Religion has a controlling hand on society, whether people like it or not.

  18. Hannah Fuller says:

    Religion brings people together. If a group of people have one common belief, no matter how different they may be, they can still be brought together by that belief. This can be the face of peace among people, but in the same way, it can also be the face of discrimination, division, and conflict. There are some religions that are very similar, but still are different enough to distinguish as two religions. The beliefs are not always the same, and of course every follower of every religion is going to say “we’re the right ones.” This can cause conflict amongst people, division amongst a nation, and/or conflict to wage a war. These outcomes are all hypothetical as well as the worst possible outcome. There are some who can live amongst each other in peace, simply thinking to themselves that they are right ad others are wrong. Not everyone is so gracious with their opinions, though. Religion is a beautiful thing that can bring millions of people together as one to serve the Holy, but it can do the opposite just as easily.

    REL 104, Section 1

  19. John Guillen says:

    (REL 104: Section 103)
    Even though we’re a complex system there is a balance somehow in the scheme of life. We battle between good and evil, religious or not we look for a better way of life. People will always use their own interpretation when it comes to religion. One verse can mean something different to each individual according to what they are experiencing in their lives. They can modify what they see and come to a conclusion or come up with something rational that makes sense to them. I think that religion creates a balance in our lives. For instance, there are always consequences for every action and for every effect there was a cause. One cannot live without the other.

  20. Aisis Hull says:

    (Religion 104 Section 3)
    Religion is a life experience, I think everyone experience. However, religion is a option and personal decision to play into our life. Although religion has been out since human life, I think religion is very important to have into your life. There is no other way not to live without religion. Reading the article talks about how religion fits into society which are The Functionalistic, The Conflictivist, and The Symbolic-Interactionist. These three society and purpose talks about the social, the values or beliefs, and how the person views the religion. Religion has 8 steps basically what I was reading from the article. These 8 knowledgeable steps explain how religion takes affect into individuals. Religion is diverse, challenging, and special place in people’s heart.

  21. Antonio Robinson says:

    (Religion 104 Section 3)
    I can see how religion serves as a practical function in our society. I can say for myself at least, that my life would have no meaning if it wasn’t for what I believe in. We forget a lot of times that all things come with gifts and curses. By that I mean everything has it’s positive and negative qualities. While it is easy to see the good roles religion plays in society, one must not forget the bad. When religion is used as a coping mechanism for tragedies, misfortune etc… (referenced from point 6) It can be a tool to take advantage of weak minded individuals. We should not forget that.

  22. Annie Barnes says:

    (Religion 104, Section 4)
    The role of religion in society is important. Over half of the Earth’s population follows some sort of religion, and it easily dictates many peoples ethical and moral decisions. Most importantly religion gives the basis for right or wrong as pointed out in the article. No longer is mom or dad right about not stealing, being scared of a omnipotent God in the sky backs it as well. Our dictation with how we treat others, and even the founding of this nation was given by very deeply religious men. Does religion have a part in our society? Well maybe it does. George Washington said “You can’t have national morality from religious principle”. Even though we may try to put a wedge between church and state , its effect from our dollar bills to speeches is felt. Personally I believe that its our religion that gives us ethic, but also ethics and morals can be taught outside of it. Time will only tell of the continued effects of religion in society.

  23. Annie Barnes says:

    (Religion 104, Section 4)
    Religion in our society is a large and prevalent issue. Over half of the earths population has a religion that they follow or adhere too. Has it can be seen many ethical and moral decisions are based on such things. As pointed out in this article, religion provides moral guidance. No longer is mom or dad right about not stealing, a big man in the sky also carries that backing. Religion also gives emotional support, and provides answers to an afterlife and a hope to see much loved ones. Religion has influenced societies, and shaped nations like ours here in the United States. Time will continue to tell of the continued influences of religion in our worldview.

  24. Madison Arrendale says:

    (Religion 104 sect. #4)

    Religion plays an important role in society. Over half the world has some type of religion involved in their everyday life. In this article, it talks about eight well-written examples of how religion works and contributes to society. The majority of these I completely standby, like how religion gives emotional support. Religion has helped guide me through hard times and when many people were unable to help me through the hard times, I turned to my faith.

  25. Matthew Corrales says:

    Religion 104 section 4

    The role of religion in society is energetic and dynamic. Its always evolving. It effects society in different ways and different forms. It can be a driving force in society and it can also be reactionary. Functionalists believe that religion helps maintained the well being of society. Religion is a foundation for morals, values and beliefs. It helps shape us and helps us determine what we see as right or wrong. The purpose of religion is to achieve the goals of salvation for oneself and others and obedience to God. Different religions have different understanding of salvation and God but those are still the goals within the worship and practice.

  26. Sarah Inman says:

    Religion 104 Section #3
    This blog talks about the role of religion in today’s society, and I find it to be quite true. From personal experience and encounters with people, I have seem most of these. Religion to most people is a big factor that determines what they do everyday; however, each person has their own beliefs which they incorporate into their life. For me, I don’t think that religion is a major part of my life so I don’t really use it as a moral compass or a way to connect with people. Although, I think that the statements in the blog are for the most part true. I think that many people use religion as a moral compass, emotional support, and a way to connect with others. Because of those reasons, I think that religion will continue to stay a major part in society. Bottom line, I think that many people who don’t even really know much about religion still continue to use it as a way to connect with people.

  27. Hannah Rooks says:

    Religion 104 Section 3:

    After reading this post, it reminds me of the ever changing world we live in, and how as a human, I need to do a better job of being open minded. Since i have been set in my own personal religion for so long, it is sometimes hard to accept or listen to the beliefs of others, when I feel my opinion is the true and holy one. However, my mindset has changed. I feel as though to see the world for all that it is, and to understand everyone within this world, understanding their religion is a very important part of that. Religion is such a big part of our society today, and just like accepting like a new hair style trend, or fashion trend, I also need to accept all of the numerous types of religions in this world. Although this article was geared towards the roles that religion plays, I took from the article that i myself need to be more open to the different religions in this world.

  28. Curtis Doctor says:

    Religion 104 040
    Section 4

    When it comes to this blog it talks about the way people look at religion and the role it plays. I agree with this blog because at the end of the blog he mentions that this is not the way everyone sees religion and that these are not the only roles religion plays in people’s life. Religion is a self-seeing belief. I say this because from what we learned in class and what we have read in this blog religion works in many different ways to everyone. Just because I see God in a certain way does not mean the next person sees God in the same way as me. Religion is a creative belief and works in everyone’s mind differently.

  29. Steve Chavez says:

    Religion does work in many different ways, but it is all up to the individual person on how it works for them. Religion can bring some people hope when they are going though a big problem, they know as long as they stay faithful everything will be okay at the end. Religion can also shape someones life style,all religions have rule for their followers to live by and it is all up to how the follower readies the rule. This blog does a really great job in pointing out all the ways religion works for some people. For the people that believe in their religion it should play a really big part in your life, and if not a big part then at lest some parts. Religion molds us like clay it helps build us to the person we are today .
    Religion 104 Section #4

  30. Jacob Samuels says:

    I find this post a very interesting read as it covers the fact that no matter where one goes in this world, there is always going to be some wort of religion to shape or construct a society or community. Although these different religions may represent completely different ideas pr beliefs, they all have some sort of moral and spiritual guidance for one’s life. This guidance can be emotional support when one is going through tough times. It can even be a platform for creating relationships among people. It also can provide people with ideas of what could be good or evil in the world we live in today. Religion plays a huge role in many societies around the globe as it corresponds with each societies status quo.
    (Rel 104 030)

  31. Katherine Mejia says:

    religion 104- sec4
    Everyone has different perspectives and ways they choose to express themselves. Just because you say you’re part of a religion, doesn’t mean you have to follow every aspect of it. You get to pick and choose what you will follow based on your values in life. Religion can be a strong part of someone’s life and when things get rough, that might be all you have to rely on. You can pray to a higher power and hope things get easier.

  32. Brittany wilson sec 4 says:

    Religion has many jobs in people’s lives, whether they want to think it or not. If a person is religious or believe in some form of religion they unknowingly put those beliefs out into the world. Religion plays a very important role in our lives. It tells us how to do behave and think in a certain situation. People will argue and say their religion doesn’t force them to do anything, well thats not what I’m saying at all. I’m saying if your brought up a certain way it’s very difficult to think a different way than that unless you had certain experiences. A perfect example is all the laws we have on abortion and birth control. Those laws are based from religious views installed into a person from their religion. Religion can help people in ways nothing else can, but it also controls a persons way of thinking also. And that can be a good or bad thing, it depends on the person.

  33. Abby Lyttle says:

    Religion 104 Section 3
    Religion is a very important part of my life. I have seen some many peoples lives change for the better because of religion. Not everyone is going to believe in the same things that you do, but believing in something gives life meaning. Everywhere you go in life there is always going to be a religion there influencing decisions or just present. You don’t realize how much religion is prominent until you stop and see how much you rely on it.

  34. Joshua Jenkins says:

    (Religion 104 010 MC)
    There are many people in the world who hold religious views. It exists in almost every corner of the world. though there are many types of religion, people still devote their lives to it.

  35. Tori Cason says:

    Religion plays a different role in everyone’s life. What I have come to notice from being at college is that every religion is different and unique in its own way, and everyone gets to choose which one they want in their life. For myself, Christianity plays a huge role in my life. I have grown up this way as well. If i ever need help or guidance I always turn towards God, but other people may have a different way of coping things.

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