I started praying less and hanging out with my friends more. My parents like to remind me of this funny story. 4. There are also a lot of dietary laws. In the following reflections, teenagers share parts of their religious experiences. It’s kind of weird when I really think about it. People tend to follow the rules for marriage, work, business, death rituals and other aspects of life. It defines the evolution of the group and its identity in relation to the place they live. on Amazon.com. Theology 1998 101: 801, 172-179 Download Citation. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. How would you describe the role, if any, that religion plays in your identity. For me it’s very spiritual. Religion defines the spiritual beliefs of the same people and is a part of the local culture. Ever since the 9/11 attacks on the United States of America, there has been a significant increase in the study of religion and its impact on society and culture. But this kind of reductionism is silly and it’s wrong. When workplaces create environments where varying religious and cultural identities are celebrated, everyone’s lives can be enriched. The world’s religions are similar in many ways; scholar Stephen Prothero refers to these similarities as “family resemblances.” All religions include rituals, scriptures, and sacred days and gathering places. Those things help me become a better Muslim. Modern dictionaries define religion as “an organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings.”. When I was younger, I never really thought I was different ’cause I was Jewish. I’m not saying those are the right faiths, but you just get a feeling when something is right for you. Ethnicity means that an individual belongs to a specific culture, social groups, or nation. Others are more drawn to a religion’s community and culture than to its beliefs and rituals. It’s weird being in a public high school because you’re faced with being in a school where there’s lots of activities on Friday nights and things to miss out on. Cultural Identity Culture is the shared characteristics of a group of people, which encompasses, place of birth, religion, language, cuisine, social behaviors, art, literature, and music. But there are games every Saturday, so I couldn’t play those. However, many will agree that religion is a system of different behaviors and practices and that every religion has its set of morals, ethics, and sacred sites dedicated to figures they respect (they can be people, supernatural beings, or any form of transcendence that provides guidance or afterlife). From the outside other cultures, be they black, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim or evangelical Christian, may all seem uniform and monolithic. Many of the cultural traditions are closely associated with religion, and many religious practices and behaviors have become so rooted in the daily lives of people all over the world that it is hard to make a distinct difference between culture and religion. Just as an individual’s identity is multiple and complex, even more so is that true of so-called cultures, either ethnic or religious. 59SharesDear JITC- I’m confused as to whether being Jewish is a religion, a race, a cultural identity or all three. It’s like a guide how to live. However, around 1.2 billion people are without religious affiliation, those that associate themselves as atheists, agnostic, or secular. I try every day to fight the jihad of personal struggle to become a better person. It’s a necessary part of our routine. It didn’t occur to me until high school when I started getting really involved with stuff. 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