In the long river of history, in the ocean of culture, there is one essential thing, that is, beliefs. Religion can be said to be the product of people’s expectations. Beliefs also promote the inheritance and development of culture. Faith and culture are inseparable. It is worth noting that there is no culture without faith. Belief plays a vital role in religion. The embodiment of belief in literature should be personified in the culture formed by belief in a region or country, and the concrete manifestation of faith in family culture. In this article, I will explain the relationship between Christian belief and Western world culture and what role did Christian belief play in Western world civilization. As we all know, Christianity is a religion that originated earlier in the world and spread widely. The religious beliefs of Christianity have also imperceptibly influenced many people and their world views and also promoted the formation of Western culture. Christian culture is a culture that has long been formed by people who believe in Christianity and constitutes the main body of Christian civilization. In the development of about two thousand years, this cultural form has established its unique theological structure and cultural and artistic style. Christian belief is the key to the development of Western culture
Belief is the hypothesis that something is right or exist. From the time immemorial in Western culture, assumptions have been there in every community and vary broadly from one country to another.Through views, society is able to define its culture and also the development the culture articulately. Beliefs determine the direction culture of a specific community or country takes. Views such as Christianity, Buddhism, Islamic and gender equality determine how a society seriously and permanently adopts its culture. Belief is a mystic, and every living thing experiences it. Thus, it could give humans the power to either create good or evil since they guide our minds. Beliefs can either be in agreement with the society standards or be opposite of the societal norms meaning they can be religious beliefs or personal beliefs. Either way, we all believe in something.
Culture is the norm passed from one generation to another that is followed to ensure uniformity in society. Fundamentally, culture makes communication conceivable, feeds us to enhance our interactions in the community.Since culture is common, it is what improves the possibility of “we.” It describes a man on his own but together with the rest since the society shares it. It is not timely because it transfers from one peer group to another. Western culture is a comprehensive term used to explain the customs, social and traditional standards and beliefs. Western culture first originated from ancient Greeks since they were the first to build western civilization. Western culture refers to a combination of ideas, social norms, ethical values, and traditional standards. It included different components that will help to define a culture of any community in the Western world.
Jonathan (2018) states that capitalism is an economy where a few dominant companies or individuals control vital sectors that affect our lives. Since the emergence of capitalism in the Western Economies and culture, it has ignited various concerns on its effects in the community at large.It encourages the urge for hard work and desire to work since the economy is very competitive. The disadvantage is that in a capitalist economy, there is an unfair distribution of resources
Individualism is the principle of self-reliance and social theory that approves freedom of action for individuals in a state or community set- up. A good number of countries practicing individualism is France, Australia, and Canada.Individualism advocates selfishness where “I” is more important than “we.” States and communities exercising individuality capitalize on a belief that wants of a person are essential than those of the society at large. This context is mostly associated with egoism
Scientific thinking is a culture adopted by some of the Western countries. In the purest form, Kevin, David (2019, para, 1) has defined scientific thinking as analytical thinking on science content that involves reasoning, induction and deduction, hypothesis testing. It first originated from Greece.One thing to note about science is that it is deeply rooted in religion and culture.The degree of scientific thinking depends on the culture causal in which society is supposed to experience it. The western world has been leading in a technological and scientific discipline from ages ago.To name but a few, west invented steam power to be used in factories. It also developed communication devices such as telephone, telegraph, and radio.
Religion is one of the most significant constituent of Western culture that has been adopted throughout history. With the expansion of Christianity from Europe to other countries like Mesopotamia, Asia, and Egypt it enhanced Christianity culture in communities and was embraced well. Almost the whole of Western culture encompasses Christian culture as the main. Throughout history Christianity has had a significant influence on other components such as science, music, and art in such a way that they are now Christian Science, Christian music and Christian literature. Christianity advocates for human rights and doing the right thing. The prevailing belief in Christianity is that there only exists one God and that God created all living things.
The relationship between Christian belief and western world culture
Western world culture and Christianity closely interrelate to each other. Throughout Christianity history, the church has been able to provide social service in Western society like medical care in schooling. Besides, the church is a prominent player in society politics and religion. The importance of Christianity in Western culture cannot be ignored. It is the past and also in the present brought great social change.
Despite its dominant role in Western culture as the twentieth century approached, the Christianity belief started and is still being secularized.According to Casanova(2006), secularization as a collective and chronological process has three interrelated trends; the fall of Christianity beliefs in the contemporary culture, denationalization of religion and the diversification of secular scopes such as state, economy, and science.Christianity is partly criticized in modern society due to the lack of women involved in the churches as compared to men.A good example is the Catholic where women are not allowed to be priests. Also, Christianity is commonly criticized because of colonialism. Catholicism and Protestantism were the religions associated with European colonial powers during colonialism since then the missionaries were used as agents of colonialists.
Secularization has affected Christianity but not by a large percentage. The first incident was the detachment of the Christians from the fate of the Jewish people after Jerusalem was destroyed.Also, arrogance has led to several detachments among the Christian community in western culture. Very disastrous concerns arose in the west where it added the ambitions of the papacy to exercise power over all organizations of supremacy
The role of]-\’ beliefs in the culture
Beliefs in culture are expected to promote discipline across all cultures irrespective. With religion beliefs, individuals in society struggle to behave well. Putting selfish interest aside is one of the primary objectives of the religious, and thus culture is encouraged to be selfless. (Functionalist views on the role of religion). In any society, the value of solving problems and dealing with situations without hurting others is discipline. An excellent example of a belief in western culture is understanding human behavior. Thus it helps in understanding the people you deal with and treating them well because we cannot be the same. Also, when discipline is instilled at the individual and group level managing the society becomes easy, and therefore there is a balance between meeting individual needs and those of the community.
Belief in culture stimulates social cohesion in western civilization. Through going to church and worshiping together, individuals and community at large are brought together by this common goal.Also, the worship bonds the worshippers like a family leading to cohesion. Apart from worship, the primary purpose of religion is to bring people together, devotion and eat together. Through this belief, achieving of unity becomes unavoidable. According to Talcott Parsons (2013), religious beliefs integrate people into religiously shared values such as the Ten Commandments in Christianity and Judaism.
Religious believes controls cases like suicide in society. In western culture, the majority of the population with religious beliefs are strappingly opposed to suicide. Thus when dealing with such individuals in the society clinicians can use the views in counseling the patients. Also, the clinicians can refer them to psychologists or religious professionals for further counseling. Therefore the rates of suicidal cases in the society tend to lower and have decreased in the 21st century.
Beliefs ultimately play a psychological role in preserving stability in western world culture.For example when in trouble most people pray but when safe, a few do During birth or death religious ceremonies are conducted to Religion. People come together and pray in these functions. Therefore, it is very beneficial for individuals since it creates stability.
Through beliefs, Western culture can maintain traditions of society for a very long time if not forever. It makes sure that the social standards and values are passed down to the new generations and the generations to come. In other words, religious beliefs prevent drastic changes in society due to their conservative nature.
Finally, religious beliefs promote societal control. Therefore, means that the religion has laid rules that need to be observed in the society like the proper dress code, regulating the sexual behaviors in the community to avoid societal rot such as adultery and adherence to the law.
Christian belief is a critical aspect of the development of western culture. To start with, for culture to be there, a view must have existed before since beliefs both personal and religious give birth to culture. In the western world, It is evident that Christianity has brought incalculable significance to the history of western culture. The idea of monotheism was born into the light.Formation of the rule of law where God is known to be above his creation and brings specific laws that equally cut across all people. (Benor, 2017), Therefore in making governance laws, the governance institutions come up with rules that will apply to all people regardless. Thus, has in return helped the western countries to exercise fairness in the rule of law. An individual can get justice. Considering that Christianity is the belief that influences others from capitalism, individualism, music, arts et la, capitalism based on Christianity have changed individuals to work hard, therefore, raising the westerner’s economies which contribute positively to the income of these countries.
If unbiased, you will realize that religion has played a pivotal role in both the ancient and modern cultures across the Western countries cultures
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