why do we have different religions in the world

In this episode of But Why we tackle the question of why people have different religions. Our answer comes from Wendy Thomas Russell, who wrote a book on how to talk about religion for secular families. Plus we visit a farm where kids of both the human and the goat variety are involved in making cheese. БFirst, letБs start with the word religion. Religion is a collection of beliefs that people have about some really big questions, like how did the world come to be, how should people behave, what happens to us after we die? Those are big questions. Those are questions that just about everybody on the planet wants to know and they are hard--if not impossible--to answer on our own. People have always tried and sometimes theyБve come up with answers and when those answers have caught on a religion is born. БPeople have different religions for the same reasons that people have different opinions and different tastes, because they were raised in different ways and in different places and in different families and at different times, and with different brains.


All of these things have a different impact on what we believe to be true about the world. БAlso, religion isnБt just about beliefs. It isnБt just about god, or gods or heaven or angels. ItБs about friendship and community. If you think about your school and all of the things that make it great and all of the things that make you feel like you belong there, itБs not just what the teachers are teaching, itБs the activities and the people and the feelings. ThatБs how it is with religion. Some people love their religion because it feels comfortable. It feels like home. БA big thing for kids is 'why canБt everyone agree? ' That would be much simpler and easier, but when your parents have raised you to believe that certain answers are truth and thatБs the way that makes the most sense to you and thatБs the way that makes you feel good, itБs very hard to change your mind and most people donБt want to.


БItБs quite fine actually that people believe different things. I think that it can be a good thing. I think the better goal, if we have a goal, is to be understanding that itБs not what people believe, but what they do in life that matters. Б, author of
R, and she writes a blog. Listen to the full episode to hear more, and to go on a field trip with us to to learn about how to make goat cheese and to meet some curious kids of both the human and goat species! Loading. This is a great question and I am sure that you will get many different responses. As you probably know, religion is one of those hot topics, which can cause a lot of emotions.


In light of this, let me make a few observations. First, you are correct, there are many religions around the world. Most of the world is religious. This is an important starting point, because in the West many educated people do not see this. Atheism is in the minority. Moreover, many intelligent people in the world believe in some divine being or beings. Second, part of the reason why there are so many religions is rooted in culture. People from different places in the world have different convictions and beliefs. For example, if you live in the Middle East, you would realize that most people believe in one God. In India, most people have a polytheistic world view. Third, human knowledge in many areas is limited. This is certainly the case when it comes to religion. The upshot of this is diversity of religions.

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