Religion and Global culture

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In the current global culture, religion should be understood correctly and valued as one of the defining factors.
If we look today at various global issues today, especially the key issues relating to ties between various countries, religion can be seen as playing an important role. However, because of the incorrect interpretation of different religious values, it ends up playing a negative role in the global arena rather than a positive role. If a religion is understood correctly and given it’s due value it can certainly play a positive role in bringing the world community together.
A very important example of this is the issue of terrorism which is one of the most prominent global issues of our times. Whenever anyone talks about terrorism, the religion that comes into discussion is obviously Islam. Various Islamic teachings are interpreted negatively however by the global community or at least the key players of the global community resulting in a negative picture of the religion in the minds of the world as a whole. As a result of this the global community is becoming more and more polarized. The polarization eventually leads to mistrust, leading to disputes which eventually leads to wars. The misinterpretations of Islam lead to a total opposite meaning of the meaning of the religion itself. The word Islam which is an Arabic word which actually means peace is associated with the opposite value I.e. terrorism. Granted that some of the followers of a particular religion might have been or are involved in acts of terrorism but that cannot be a reason to brand the entire religion with the label.
Today it is very important for the world community to realize that religions can play a very important role in uniting the global community and creating harmony amongst nations if the religions are understood correctly and used in a positive manner. All the major religions of the world in general preach peace and prosperity for humanity as a whole. None of the major religions teaches it’s followers to spread mischief and wars as it goes against the basic principles of any religion.

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  1. Your essay is good -- but --

    You've ignored the terrorism practiced by minorities of other religions.

    Christians in the U.S. have killed abortion doctors, blown up the Oklahoma City Federal Building, assassinated gays and African-Americans, threatened to burn the Qu'ran, and perpetuated hatred.

    A few Hindus have terrorized Muslims in India. A few Jews have terrorized Palestinians.

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    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. In order to bring about a change in the world today the leaders must first understand the religions followed by the various nations, especially the major religions of the world, when dealing with those nations. This is because religion today is a one of the major defining factors of human beliefs and way of life. The religion is also understood to result in various cultural values and norms therefore in order to understand a specific culture of a nation it is often necessary to examine and understand the religious beliefs of the community. Understand these beliefs and the cultural norms of a society will enable the nations to be more tolerant of each other and respectful. As a result of this there will be less mistrust, less disputes and therefore obviously less chances of war spreading around the world. This will definitely result in more peace around the world which is what the world is lacking the most today.

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    posted by yfaridi1
  3. If we look around the world today it is obvious that there are economic turmoil all around the world. There is social turmoil in various parts of the world. There is political turmoil in various countries of the world. All this is leading to destablization of the global community. What is needed at times like this is to understand each other and to learn to live with each other. Religion can play a very important role in order to achieve this.


    I will include your examples as well, thank you.

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    posted by yfaridi1
  4. Christians in the U.S. have killed abortion doctors, blown up the Oklahoma City Federal Building, assassinated gays and African-Americans, threatened to burn the Qu'ran, and perpetuated hatred.

    Totally wrong! Christians do not do those things. Tim Mcvey was atheist. True Christians would never do those things.

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    posted by tressie
  5. Yes, they would. Bad apples in every bunch.

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    posted by Joanna

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