Belief Systems and Individuals Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at the formation and meaning of belief systems.
# 150887 | 1,277 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2012 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper deals with an individual's belief system, focusing on a Christian approach to other religions. First the paper describes how belief systems are formed in a lifetime. Then the paper considers both the positive and negative aspects of belief systems. Finally the author reflects on his personal outlook on belief systems, showing that he has a Christian viewpoint. He also cites other Christian scholars and their opinions about respecting other religions and moral codes. The paper concludes by stating that it is important to understand and accept the differences in other religious belief systems.

From the Paper:

"John Stuart Mill stated, "One person with a belief is equal to a force of 49 who have only interests." (Mill as quoted in Robbins, 1986) From a positive standpoint, beliefs can guide people in the right direction. When believing something as true, a persona will act in that direction. These beliefs can be a very positive force in life. For example, is someone believes that it is possible to continue learning throughout life, he/she will be driven to continually acquire knowledge. If someone believes that all people should have the same opportunities to develop and grow, he/she will act on this belief in how people are treated. Unfortunately, not all beliefs are that positive and supportive. Believing that people lose the capacity to learn as they get older, someone who is aging may decide that it is no longer possible to gain new knowledge and understanding. People who are biased and prejudiced against certain individuals because they believe they are inferior, will treat them in that way. These positive or negative beliefs are found in all belief systems, including religion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, M., & Taylor H. (Eds.) (2005) Sociology, Understanding a Diverse Society. Belmont, CA: Thomson.
  • Bowker, J. (1997) World Religions. New York: DK Publishing
  • Dupuis, J. Religious plurality and the Christological debate (1995). Focus. 15 (2-3). Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  • Heim, M. (2000) The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's Publishing Co.
  • Johnstone, R. (2006) Religion in Society. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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