Elements of Religious Traditions
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Elements of Religious TraditionsAccording to the text for most religions the divine is the core or origin of everything. (Molloy & Hilgers, 2010) However many religions perceive and interpret the divine differently. In religious traditions based on monotheism there is one divine being or entity, such God in Christianity, or Allah in Islam. The textbook refers to the monotheistic notion of the divine being as a cosmic person who is intelligent, compassionate and just, as well as processes unlimited virtue. In monotheism the divine is perceived to be both omnipotent and transcendent. Pantheism is the religious tradition based on the notion the divine is not a being with person attributes, but mysterious energy or force which surrounds the everything in the universe. Religions based on pantheism view the divine as being discoverable within the physical world, thus life and nature as holy. Within this religious tradition the divine is perceived more as immanent. There are other religions which see the divine as collective of deities, each in charge of different aspect of reality. For example in Greek mythology Zeus was the god of thunder, and the ancient Egyptians worshiped Rah as the sun god. These religions are based on Polytheism.
Many religious traditions contain rituals that set aside a particular time of day, week, month, year, stage in life, or beginning of an event often referred to sacred time. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012) For example, Baptists attend worship service on Sundays and prayers service on Wednesdays, and many Muslims set aside time to pray five time a day.
Many religions believe the sacred manifest itself in the physical realm, thus creating sacred or holy space. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012) Theses spaces can represented in many forms like how the Buddhists have monuments, statues, or shrines dedicated to Buddha. Sacred spaces can also by meeting places like Kingdom halls where the Jehovah Witness's meet, or even areas the holy city of Mecca for Muslims.