Philosophy of religion is, in the simplest terms, the study of religious thought. Philosophers of religion seek to answer some very important questions that have been around since the dawn of time and continue to be relevant today. These questions include: Is there a God? If there is a God, what is he or she like? And furthermore, what does the belief or disbelief in God mean to us?
Philosophy of religion is a part of our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. Our beliefs, or lack thereof, in God are an ever present force that affects our thoughts, feelings and actions in everyday situations. Our personal beliefs effect what we perceive as ethical behavior; plague our conscious and subconscious thoughts, which in turn affect our judgment, for good or ill.
Since our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about God and religion are individual, there are many different schools of thought within the study of philosophy of religion. It is important for people to be aware of their beliefs and how they affect our everyday choices. For example, if you are working with someone whose beliefs differ from those of your own, your beliefs and personal biases could either become a barrier in that relationship, or you could seek to find a common ground with which to strengthen and build that relationship and work together harmoniously.
It is important for people to be aware that their personal beliefs, whether religious or non-religious, lead them to hold some degree of bias toward anything that is not in agreement with those beliefs. These biases sometimes cause us to treat people with inequity. They can fuel hatred, envy, and mistrust, leading people to act in opposition of the moral teachings of their faith, or other ethical values.
Being aware of exactly what you believe and why might help us to realize how many different philosophies of religion exist, and may help up to set aside some of our personal biases to make this world a little more accepting. For more information on how you can explore your own beliefs, you can read How to Develop Your Own Philosophy of Religion. And remember, we are all unique individuals with varying ideas about God and religion. Learning a little more about philosophy of religion could help us all to accept each other for who and what they are; fellow human beings.
- T. M. Apsey
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REV Jalo Solomon ayuba on December 03, 2013:
I like the approach of philosophers of religious effect .
Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes from Fort Pierce, Florida on February 27, 2012:
This Hub is excellent because it is like the elephant in the room that most people ignore. Not only does this Hub clearly explain how entwined our beliefs are within our own lives, but I believe it also shines the light farther afield. If our personal beliefs weave the tapestries of our lives, then how important is it for us to have a leader in our country whose beliefs are in alignment with our beliefs and the beliefs of our founding fathers? Voted up and useful.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on February 23, 2012:
I have a Triond content on the message of John Lennon in his song "Imagine". You may open conrado fontanilla Triond.com. I believe religion is relevant in that it helps make people, who need it, organized. Some other people like the Catholic Church use religion to exploit people, like the Filipinos.
Sparklea from Upstate New York on February 19, 2012:
Great hub, very informative and diplomatic. Although I am a Christian, I do not judge other religions, in fact, I have explored many of them. Thank you for sharing, voted up. Blessings, Sparklea
Kimberly Lake from California on February 18, 2012:
Dianna Mendez on February 18, 2012:
Your post is gives some challenges in developing a personal philosophy of life. Our love for life and search for knowledge should balance to create a worldview of fairness for others. Great hub topic!
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on February 18, 2012:
Philosophy and religion, guiding principles to living a positive life.
sturgeonl on February 18, 2012:
Simple tolerance and acceptance of individual differences are so important.You expressed this beautifully.
dmop from Cambridge City, IN on February 18, 2012:
Nice coverage of the basic principles of the philosophy of religion. I like it and hope it will draw a few more individuals into the philosophical. Voted up and useful.
Chad A Ramsdell on February 17, 2012:
It has always been my philosophy to treat others with an open mind in order to learn; even when met with a more closed mind. Religion set aside beliefs are beliefs just because someone believes does not make it fact. What works for some will not for others; but the one thing that we all agree on no matter religion, creed, sexual orientation, or favorite bubble gum flavor. We all have the need to teach and leave some sort of legacy out there. If this is what drove people equality above all else would be the goal.
RustyRubySlippers from Mobile, AL on February 17, 2012:
AMEN . . . I believe that we must each come to our personal understanding of who God is to us as an individual. After all we will all have to face that on our own without a congregation to support us at that moment.