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Civilization and Religion



Civilization and Religion

Chapter 6 really brings to question the foundations of the Christian faith. While Christians have always believed that Jesus was a divine intervention, Chapter 6 only presents him as a mortal man born as Joshua. Christians unlike the Jews who mainly depend on higher intervention, Christians got most of their help from fellow human beings. From the disciples sent on foot to spread the gospel to Emperor Constantine, Christians seemed to depend on the fighting power of the human body. This is seen in the number of martyrs recorded. Just like Christianity was given relevance by one man, so does Islam.

While Christians let Constantine fight their wars, the Muslims took it upon themselves to fight Jihad. The Christians teachings preached peace while the Muslim teachings focused on forcing religion on unwilling converts. Despite both religions having guide books, the Quran and the Bible, they were differently written. The Quran was written by Mohammed -during his lifetime while the Bible was written by the followers of Jesus much later after his death. The Bible however had to be decided on what went in there and what was not to be written. These differing views among Christians might be the reason the religion took so long to establish itself. The Muslims however were more organized and believed what the Quran taught and this unity might be the reason the Islam culture rose so fast. Both religions shared the similarity of serving one God but their different forms of worship set them apart from others.Civilization and Religion

It is clear that for any civilization to take hold, power dynamic must be well thought out. For most modern civilization, power play between the most influential families, the most influential people in the secular world and the religious power houses such as the papal society and Muslim leaders and other religious organizations needed to combine power to form the newer civilizations and defeat the old ones. The new civilizations were made up of different people with different beliefs but united in the same cause; changing the status quo. Despite the involvement of religious people, the conquests were too violent than ever before. The violence was to the extreme that people feared going out of their comfort zones. All this violence however led to innovations for survival that proved great for the new civilizations. Problems experienced at the time led to innovation such a crop rotation that was able to feed people all year round. However, progress and innovation in one sector meant the death of another sector such as the trade sector which was on it death bed as a result of wars.

It is safe to say that the benefits of Western civilization enjoyed today came at a price of tears and great suffering. The West was founded out of the fear of a failed promising Roman empire, fight over resources such as land that dragged churches into the wars and everyone fought to remain alive. The middle ages were dark days in history. Chapter 6 and 7 are testimony that religion and civilizations always co-exist because religion is the defining factor of the people found in each civilization. Man has always and will always wish to worship a higher being. For people with different deities to survive however, civilizations have to borrow a leaf from the Roman Empire which enjoyed peace as a result of allowing people freedom of worship. The church should borrow a leaf from their Jesus who was keen not to get into fights or alliances with the political leaders of his time for peace and harmony to prevail.Civilization and Religion