Religious Beliefs

  • Mary Turner


Religious beliefs illuminate mankind’;s eternal struggle to interpret the external forces that control daily life. The universality of religious thought demonstrates that all religions are species of the same class and deal with problems fundamental to the human race: life and death, health and sickness, the forces of destiny as they affect both the individual and the collective. Viewed historically, these efforts to explain the contradictory forces that determine human fate in terms of a universe filled with spiritual forces, dominated both Europe and Africa until a few eighteenth-century European philosophers attacked this method and sought to analyse material life in secular terms.


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