Properly preserving this inheritance will require renewed respect for religious liberty and the democratic principles that support it. When religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality, crime and intolerance. You were taught never to lie, and to respect the life and freedom of others the same as your own. Of course, the accommodation of religious liberty does not undermine other crucial interests in society. Not only does religion teach virtue, it catalyzes moral action. Freedom is the voice of the Church of Scientology. (Einstein himself until late in his life was looked upon as a maverick and denied admittance into learned societies.). How does a Volunteer Minister accomplish these miracles? Where such an attack occurs, primary targets are its religious and national gods and heroes, its potential of leadership and the self-respect and integrity of its members. It is important to understand bad conditions don’t just happen. As they politically insist on monopoly and use social and political propaganda to enforce their monopoly, they debar actual search for real answers to human nature. Yet science itself is merely a tool by which the physical universe can be better controlled. Briefly, a Volunteer Minister fulfills the definition of religion in this increasingly cynical and hopeless world. Religious freedom must include protecting morally or religiously motivated public expression. When you were there, from your youngest years, you were taught that you should voluntarily obey the law; that you should respect other people’s property, and not steal it. Not only does religion teach virtue, it catalyzes moral action. Freedom is a trademark and is used with its owner’s permission. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online. But they are most condemned by their attacks on anyone who seeks answers and upon the civilizing influences of religion. We look forward to keeping in contact with you. What he failed to predict was that the West would export its culture to the rest of the world and thus grip the entire world in its death throes. Indeed, preserving religious freedom also has its benefits. [ii] According to estimates, more than 90 percent of those who attend weekly worship services donate to charity, and nearly 70 percent volunteer for charitable causes.[iii]. You are now leaving a website maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their failures are attested by lack of result in the field of human nature. Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Response: One Year Later, Mormon Volunteerism Highlighted in New Study, When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. and ed. It then must use punishment and police. Where the religious sense of community and with it real trust and integrity can be destroyed then that society is like a sand castle unable to defend itself against the inexorable sea. [iii] Arthur C. Brooks, “Religious Faith and Charitable Giving,” Policy Review (October 2003). Of course, such attacks on religion run counter to man’s traditional aspirations to spiritual fulfillment and an ethical way of life. For the last hundred years or so religion has been beset with a relentless attack. Gerhard Lenski on page 331 of his The Religious Factor, a Sociologist’s Inquiry, defines religion as “a system of beliefs about the nature of force(s), ultimately shaping man’s destiny, and the practices associated therewith, shared by members of a group.”, Scientific activities can be as fanatical as religious ones. To download all photos or videos related to this article, select the links at the bottom of each section. At stake are whether the ideals we cherish will survive or some new abhorrent set of values win the day. But beneath all these attacks on organized religion there was a more fundamental target: the spirituality of man, your own basic spiritual nature, self-respect and peace of mind. Freedom seeks out and illuminates solutions to society’s problems. Factors such as living conditions, life span, medical services, the prison system, homelessness, food production, military and education are all, to a major extent, a reflection of the ethics and morals of the dominant religion. Government can and does, for example, impose reasonable restrictions to protect the health and safety of citizens in a pluralistic society. Of course, if one is going to find fault with something, it implies that he wishes to do something about it and would if he could. Only by a spiritual awareness and inculcation of the spiritual value of these attributes can they come about. We should cherish the positive effect of the religion on our society, but also be aware that religion in wrong hand can become a real force of evil that is also willing to do some horrible things. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide. The linked site has its own terms of use, privacy policies, and security practices that differ from those on our website. By concentrating on spiritual values instead of criminality a new day may yet dawn for man. From this realization of their own religious nature individuals can again come to an awareness of God and become more themselves. Let’s look again at the definition of religion. This trend is disconcerting, especially to people of faith. Scientific groups can themselves be religious “orthodox science” monopolies. Examples abound of religious faith inspiring communities to profound acts of charity and selfless service. To download media files, please first review and agree to the Terms of Use. This enables religious institutions to express their message, determine who they are, and live out their convictions in meaningful ways. The great religious civilizing forces of the past, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and others, have all emphasized differentiation of good from evil and higher ethical values. A society is capable of surviving for thousands of years unless it is attacked from within or without by hostile forces. * Reference: A Scientific Study of Religion by J. Milton Yunger, Oberlin College. In a few words, religion can be defined as belief in spiritual beings. The quality of being religious implies two things: first, a belief that evil, pain, bewilderment and injustice are fundamental facts of existence; second, a set of practices and related sanctified beliefs that express a conviction that man can ultimately be saved from those facts.*. Let a man know he is himself, a spiritual being, that he is capable of the power of choice and has the right to aspire to greater wisdom and you have started him up a higher road.