The Impact of Religion on Culture and Society
Throughout history, people have turned to religion to help them cope with many things. They find it provides strength and direction when they are weak, comfort and support when they are sad, and a purpose in life when they feel lost or confused.
During the past millennia, different religious traditions have made a strong impact on culture and society. They have made a difference to our social structure and have influenced the way we think, behave and dress.
The Origins of Religion
Over time, humankind developed special deities that represented natural forces and ancestor spirits. They also developed beliefs in guardians and protectors who could keep them safe from danger.
These gods became the foundation for an extensive religion that eventually spread across the globe. Rituals and codes of behavior developed to honor and serve the gods.
The need for religion grew out of both curiosity about the big questions of life and death and the fear that uncontrollable forces may destroy humankind. Eventually, these fears gave way to hope for immortality, a kind creator who would watch over us and an ultimate meaning to life.
Today, religion is a vital part of the world’s culture and continues to have positive effects on our health, education and economic well-being. It also helps to reduce the incidence of social pathologies, such as out-of-wedlock births, crime, delinquency and drug and alcohol addiction. It improves our ability to learn, self-control and empathy and can make society more stable.