the nature of religionPaper Rating: Word Count: 2793 Approx Pages: 11
Human beings are naturally curious. Consequently, universal questions concerning the origin of man and his purpose on this earth are raised, such as the questions of life, death, evil and suffering (Lovat, McGrath, Fletcher and Follers, 2000). Questions such as these have plagued mankind for centuries, perhaps since the very beginnings of the human race. The need for meaning in life eventually led to religion, a response to the human search for ultimate meaning and purpose (Lovat, et al., 2000).
There are many forms of religion. The major world religions can be classified into two categories, Semitic and Indian. Semitic religions include Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, where Judaism is said to be ˜the trunk of a tree,' while Christianity and Islam are ˜two huge branches' (Lovat, et al., 2000). Two examples of Indian religions are Buddhism and Hinduism.
Religions aim to answer ˜Life's Big Questions,' each one answering in a different way. To determine the effectiveness of their responses to some ˜Big Questions,' each response must be considered individually. In this text, th