Family life and approaches to parentingare greatly influences by religious beliefs and practices. A person’s religiousfaith is usually something that was passed down from generations. Although,there are some family members who choose to not have a faith or convert toanother religion. Majority of Americans have a faith or belief (Tsonis, 2016).
Having a religiouspresence in the household can be very positive for a marriage and family life.Religion is such a controversial topic. Itis in our daily lives and decisions; in what we do and say. William Doherty, atherapist and professor of familysocial science at the University of Minnesota believes that today’s families need the “community ties andrituals that a faith community can offer, though he decries the idea of worshipas a spectator sport or a form of entertainment” (Berggren, 2000). Wedon’t have to claim one religion over the other nor do we have to rep being apantheist or nihilists but we are surrounded by religion in many aspects of ourlives. At least according to the definition of religion. What is the definition of religion? Also, howand where did it originate?There is not one cohesive definition ofwhat religion is. The definition (or definitions) that I mostly agree with are fromOxford English Dictionary and are as follows:They state: 1.
Action orconduct indicating belief in, obedience to, and reverence for a god, gods, orsimilar superhuman power; the performance of religious rites or observances.2. A particularsystem of faith and worship3. Belief in oracknowledgement of some superhuman power or powers (esp.
a god or gods) whichis typically manifested in obedience, reverence, and worship; such a belief aspart of a system defining a code of living, esp. as a means of achievingspiritual or material improvement. This definition isn’t partial, it’sbroader and gives depth to the definition of religion (Press, 2017).Where did religion start? Religion originated with just three basic categories:Monotheism, Pantheism, and Polytheism (Outlaw, n.
d.). Monotheism is thebelief in one God. Pantheism is the belief that all is God (such as the nature,the sun, animals).
Polytheism is the belief in many gods (such as a god for themoon, a god for the rain). Every religion originated in a different place fordifferent reason at the time. There is many speculation about the actual firstplace that religion was created so there isn’t one actual pinpoint of origin.
The United States is truly a melting pot.Rich with diversity in cultures, traditions and theories. We are a countryknown to dream chasers who want a better life. We are a truly privilegedcountry because we have a considerable amount of knowledge and experience asAmericans.
We don’t have to go too far to encounter someone of a differentethnic background; to taste their food and listen to their music. I think thatin the south, religion is more vehement. Most likely due to the history of thesouth with slavery and segregation but also due to their upbringing and largerfamilies. Religion is their comfort and support; their justification for theiractions.
Globalization has abig influence on many things including the values and traditions many familiesuphold. In traditional cultures, parents are the authority figures who demandrespect from their children, especially the father. Children are expected toobey their elders and not question their requests’ and conform to theirparents’ expectations and cultural norms. “Even when they disagree with theirparents, they are unlikely to mention it because of their feelings of duty andrespect” (Arnett, 2013). With religion, this may mean attending church, dailyprayers or wardrobe restrictions. As globalization progresses, it brings aboutdifferent cultural views. While in the West, independence is what is highlysought after, “Outside of the West, independence is not highly valued as anoutcome of adolescent development.
” (Arnett, 2013). Every culture looks atanother’s traditions as otherworldly. If adolescents from traditional culturesstart to merge or adopt Western traditions there will be big consequences fromtheir family, such as their family disowning them. Especially becausetraditional parents tend to be very closed minded it would be hard to get themto understand the point of view of their child. There are a number of different religiousgroups and organizations into which people belong. The top five religiousgroups are (Major Religious Groups, 2016):1. Christianity2. Islam3.
Hinduism4. Chinese Folk Religion (Although notacknowledged by many)5. BuddhismReligious organizations can be categorizedas churches, denominations, sects, and cults.Christianity is asocietal norm. Everyone within their spiritual norm has certain privileges thatthey don’t realize they get or that it happens. That also goes with race andhistory. For example, if the hiring manager, who is Portuguese, has to choose betweena Portuguese woman and a Dominican woman, she’s most likely going to choose thePortuguese woman.
In situations like that, I’ve heard it being called “lookingout for your own”. Is it right? No, but it happens all over, all of the time (Camp, Sloan, & ElBassiouny, 2016)