Religion and Identity

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Religion and Identity

Key words:

·         Ultimate questions – questions which deal with issues or concerns which don’t have a straightforward answer which have troubled humanity from earliest times. E.g. “What is the meaning of life?”

·         Religious Leaders – People respected by the given community, for their knowledge, of the given faith. Their role is to conduct prayers, lead ceremonies, and offer individual support as a role model.

·         Brotherhood – a group that offers companionship

·         Local Community – The area closest to residence, e.g. your school.

·         Regional Community – The local community is a part of a wider community e.g. Wembley.

·         National Identity – everyone has an identity of their passport, e.g. British identity

·         European Identity – Since the UK; our current place of residence; is in the UK, we are European.

·         Global Identity – We are all a part of the human race

·         Self-Worth – valuing yourself as a person, recognising that even you are not physically perfect

Dimensions:

The Physical Dimension – Physical attributes of our human bodies. (can be experienced with the five senses) Everything we do in life is dictated by our bodies, therefore, it is a common religious tradition, to ensure it’s healthy.

The Spiritual Dimension – The inner being, or rather, unique qualities of each individual. This enables us to make choices and grow, thus developing a more complete human being. The invisible and eternal part of ourselves, (spirit, soul, atman).

Ceremonies of Commitment:

Buddhism – Affirmation Ceremony occurs in Theravada

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