Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Religion and Sociology

I am listening to/watching: A Hunting S 8, E 5
Mood: Loved, Tired, hungry, stressed, anxious, excited, bored
Time: 12:34 pm

What we believe or do not believe affects us as mothers. For people who have been following the blog know I do not like religion I am spiritual (believe in god) but not religious. If I am being honest religion is something that makes me very angry, people make decisions on other human’s lives based on old brooks. I love working with people and part of that is understanding why and how religion impacts a person’s life. For this reason, I am taking Sociology of Religion.

Religion, Sociology, Spiritual

As I am reading my book (Religion in SociologicalPerspective, 6th Ed) I find depending on the definition I am both religious (quasi-religious) and nonreligious. One assignment given is to create your own religion. This is done to better understand your feelings about religion as well as define one. Defining religion might be more complicated than religion itself. I am using the questions given in the book from an assignment created by Boston University religion professors David Eckel and Stephen Prothero.

How does your religion incorporate different dimensions of religion (ritual, myth, experience and emotion, organization, morals/ethics, doctrine/philosophy, material culture)?
What holidays does it celebrate?
How does it deal with birth? Death?
What are its key symbols? Beliefs? Practices?
How, if at all, does it deal with the problem of evil?
Does it have any interesting moral teachings? A political ethic? A sexual ethic?
Does it have a story of creation or of the end of the world?
What kinds of institutions or activities does it support?
Finally, what is your religion really about?

I am sharing this if anyone wants to join in and do the this with me. I will post what I come up with on Friday.

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

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