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Is Religion both a Philosophy and way of life

Updated on November 30, 2012

The Chapel has a mighty value

Which one is it?

Religion is both a way of life and a philosophy in my honest opinion. I feel this because without the philosophers who've actually brought about many useful thoughts and words of wisdom to the world as we know it. I also feel that many of the world religions wouldn't have attained such a inspiration for development, pivoting spiritual power for faith, knowledge base, word terminologies, symbolic development, presence, and embrace on all of humanity today.

In my studies of ancient western philosophy many years back in college, I found that many philosophers had truly pondered long and hard about how the universe has sprang into existence. All Religions actually have done just that, which is to prove to humanity that god exists, and by their many differing biblical teaching, preaching and practices.

Even though religion and philosophy tend to appear at odds with one another, such pre-existing philosophies as that which derived from Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, have helped to support such beliefs. Many biblical thoughts, words, or terminology may have never been conjured up nor inspired for man to even think of if it hadn't been for philosophical thinkers.

Very interesting perspective on the Hindu religion

Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, as the past merges with the present day

Indigenous people worldwide was forced all throughout the years to conform, to lose their beliefs, and to do the bidding of some outsiders way of life, hence making life unbearable for them all & we see the end results today
Indigenous people worldwide was forced all throughout the years to conform, to lose their beliefs, and to do the bidding of some outsiders way of life, hence making life unbearable for them all & we see the end results today | Source

Remembering the past

Remember western philosophy arrived in the B.C. era, and hence many ideals which also sprang fourth into the Roman empires uprising in ancient times.
Ancient Greeks came first though, and hence the other reasoning for heavy reliance on their philosophies as well in many things today dealing with influence on religious beliefs, belief however isn't a philosophy though. So my takings here, might be argued by many who firmly believe otherwise. Before the Greeks there was also the Egyptians, which aren't given much credit for their obvious influence on modern religions of the world, as well as ancient and modern philosophy, but we can see the proof everywhere worldwide in the architecture of many structures, and also within in the English language.

Religion is also a way of life, because its truest underlining purpose is to help guide people into a formal organized pattern of ritualistic righteous living, no matter which religious practice or faith. Many people believe that it has an alternate purpose, which is to control the masses, but that can also be argued & on a massive scale.

In conclusion:

My reasoning behind feeling that religion is both philosophy & a way of life, is that there are many philosophies as well as philosophers, and there's also many religions of the world, and those responsible for its prophetic expressions, or teachings into religious texts as worded symbols.

Philosophers have also used words or linguistic symbolism to make their claims, the difference is, it was mostly that of an individualistic ideology or philosophy, and not in much support of a groups belief in a single creator of mankind & the cosmos as religions practice & preach today.

Each religion though began from a single person in ancient times, and grew their massive religious followings & ritualistic ways of life worldwide long after their deaths.

What is your take on the question

Is religion a way of life or a philosophy?

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Hi John, nice to meet ya, yes philosophy is something to give a closer look at and provide more answers for as well as religious questions, now when they get combined like this its hard to disprove.

      So I did the best I could with this answer here in the form of a hub.

      I never heard of Schopenhauer though, but I'll google him to see what you mean, thanks for sharing with me.

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      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I truly enjoyed your hub and voted up on it. I don't see too many articles on philosophy or religion at HP, so I liked yours.

      That said, I think Schopenhauer said it best when it comes to religion and philosophy. The minute you question, it's not religion anymore, but at that point becomes philosophy (paraphrasing him...)

      I'm a Christian and have no qualms about it. I love my faith and, like any other world faith I cannot prove it to anyone else, but I know it's true in my heart.

      Take care and God Bless


    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @ Deblevey for your insightful comment, I do to believe in helping others, and the very reason I chose the web to share all my expertise with folks.

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      7 years ago from Columbus, Nebraska USA - Planet Earth

      I prefer the biblical definition of religion, which admonished us to care for the widows and orphans, so in this case yes it is both a philosophy...widows and orphans need care...annd a way of life...i will devote myself to feeding them...and others who are in need.

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      Mike Pugh 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Hi & welcome @rasta1, I don't think religion is enforced at all, its something that is ritualistic though, many cultures have adopted a sorta of rule within them for making it appear as such.

      I do know that there are many extreme cases, where the false teaching of a true belief system has been wrongfully imposed onto many victims by force as a religion, but that isn't a true religion.

      Religion is defined as a belief or faith in a higher power, and today's true modern religions don't partake in such, its a personal choice, because human rights becomes the issue thereafter. Thanks for stopping by, and your view is respected, but I beg to differ.

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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Philosophy is not enforced

      Religion is enforced


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