Philosophy - Religion - Muslim - Communities
Philosophy and religion have a very intimate relationship as both try to have a more unified and complete understanding of the world. For instance, philosophy put more emphasis on trying to gain a complete and unified understanding of the world in a way that surpasses the doing of science. On the other hand, religion tries to bring in still attempts of perfect unity. Philosophy put more efforts on trying to unify the world's conceptions that would enable people to grasp the meaning in their thoughts, whereas religion tries to nothing rather than putting a try on securing actual unity of harmony between the world and people. This means that, people attempt, in religion, to adjust themselves to the world, or adjusting the world to themselves. People do have a belief on philosophy and religion as being two separate things. It is clear that people speak of Christian philosophy, Sikh philosophy, Muslim philosophy and many more of the kind. However, in view of scholarly ideas that are cultured and competent, both religion and philosophy are seen as one, thus are the same thing. For instance, each and every religion has his or her ways of interpreting life and existence, which is termed the philosophy. Likewise, man has his ways of views towards life and, therefore, giving him a philosophy of his own. Just as, James Freeman (1899) said, "Religion is life and philosophy are thought," people require both thoughts and life to live, and it is people's hope that the two be in harmony.
Majority of men have in their minds that the religion implies a God or Gods upon which the life of a man depends on. It is necessary to note that there are also religions that do not have any beliefs in God or Gods to which many of the latest thoughts attach much importance. Whatever the case, religion has received numerous definitions from different persons. Religious continues to act as a guide and shape to life for both individuals and communities. Religion remains the biggest source of consolation for the great number of people in sorrow and suffering. Religion plays a bigger role in promoting a higher valued social good.
[...] Testing of reasoning need to be identifying what religion is, it elevation to life, its order within the concepts of life and its roles in directing the life. As Ferre states, the lives of reasoning and the lives of religion need to be studied together if indeed both are essential elements of life (Ferre, 15). As religion purifies the motives of human reasoning, philosophy organizes orderly the religion reasoning. Both religion and philosophy are concerned about acceptance of facts relating to the realities of life. [...]
[...] Real differences are there between religion and philosophy, which warrant that the two be treated as different types of systems though they overlap in places. The most-common significant difference is that it is only in religion where rituals are performed. Ceremonies are there in religion for significant events of life as birth, marriage, death and many more, performed at momentous times during the year. For instance, the Christian religion commemorates the birth of Jesus on every 25th December every year. [...]
[...] Tillich, Paul. Morality and beyond. [1st ed. New York: Harper & Row Print. [...]
[...] Philosophies have in their elements of religious foundations; likewise, religion possesses philosophic implications. Religion contributes to the philosophic imaginations as well as themes for philosophical analysis and problems. In the same way, philosophy contributes rational sense and critical responsibility to religion. Hutchison argued that a philosophy is like an inquiry, and religion comprises of devotion, worship and faith (Hutchison, 28). Without a philosophy, religion risks falling into irrational dogmatism, and likewise, philosophy without religion becomes empty without relevance to human concerns. [...]
[...] Today, people speak of philosophy of arts, philosophy of mathematics as well as philosophy of religion. Speaking of philosophy of religion, it starts with religious people, and the presence of religious people entails human experience. The human experiences are understood by the concepts of divine, holy, sacred, and ultimate power and value. Questions are likely to be asked once these human experiences are availed in relation to their clarification, which is extended to the perceived ways that saw the unification of human existence. [...]
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