Common Characteristics of Religion

Inform about rituals and ceremonies
Adherents perform rituals and ceremonies
Adherents live their life being
guided by ethics
Ethics are written in sacred texts and writings
Common Characteristics of Religion
Sacred Texts and Writings
- Contain key doctrines and expresses them
through sacred writings
- Examples
- Hebrew Bible
- Quran
- Torah
- The Tripitaka
- Can be modernised with latest computer technlogy
Rituals and Ceremonies
- Give doctrinal elements a lived expression
- Strengthens adherent's relationship with the supernatural
- Transcendent Worldview
- Strengthens relationship with God or gods
and furthers understanding of the ultimate
being
- Immanent Worldview
- Strengthens inner relationship and
spiritualiy within themselves and provides
meaning of the ultimate reality
Beliefs and Believers
- Brings people together in communities
- Come in the form of doctrines and tenets
- Groups can reinterpret universal meanings
to make them applicable to their
community
Ethics
- Embodies the doctrines in the form of laws
and precepts
- Derived from key values
- Guides and rules must be applicable to the
practical demands of daily life
- Bhagwat Geeta
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