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The Influence of Religion

Thesis:

This display shows how religion has influenced American culture from the beginning. It is the backbone and foundation to how this country was founded and to how it still runs. Religion has been around for thousands and thousands of years and is spreading throughout the world. Specifically, the United States is known to be a place where freedom of religion exists, and multiple religions are expressed because of that value. In this display, I am going to talk about how religion plays an integral part in this country and how our culture is shaped around religious beliefs, specifically Christianity.

Block 1

Throughout history you will find quotes and statistical data regarding the influence of religion. On Gapmider.com it shows that from 1917 to 2015 the American population has grown from 104M to 322M people. As you look at the population numbers you find that Christianity is one of the top religions in America. In fact, when people first came to America from Europe almost all of the founders were from a Christian background. In a map I discovered it shows the geographic correlation to all religions and where they are located around the world. If you look at Europe and America, Christianity is highlighted in all blue. While America is known as the “melting pot”, I would say that the map primarily represents those that identify themselves as Christian. Many of the people who initially came to this country held Christian beliefs. Religion was/is very important to this country, whether people actively practice it or not.

Block 2

If you look back in time and to present-day, religion is seen everywhere (our Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, different nationally known songs, quotes on books, shirts, social media and even on our currency and governmental buildings). One example of how religion has the greatest influence on our culture is when disasters strike our country (or even others). People look to something/someone for comfort and guidance. During the 9/11 disaster, churches grew to a number that has never happened before. Maxwell-Coghlan was quoted in an article as saying “September 11 brought us great anguish and pain, but it also brought us together in shared identity and common purpose” (Barna 9/11). In another article it was stated the “40% of all churches in Manhattan started after the year 2000… A great many people returned to the churches and faiths of their past to seek comfort and spiritual perspective in the wake of the terror attacks” (Internet Monk).  We also celebrate religious events throughout the year in America: Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc.

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One thing to note about America, is that we can practice whatever religion we want, or we do not have to practice anything at all. In 1974 Richard Nixon stated in a speech. “recognize the right of people in the world to be different from what we are. Even some may have different religions. Even some, we must accept, may not have a religious belief, as we understand a religious belief, to believe” (God In America Article).9328322e974468b18a9632c602e5806e.jpg

As you reflect on past history, all but one president identified themselves with a specific religion (a majority categorized themselves as Christian). The first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise…”. In a book about Woodrow Wilson- our 28th President, it references a letter written to Nancy Toy. An excerpt of his letter says, “My life would not be worth living if it were not for the driving power of religion, for faith, pure and simple… never for a moment have I had one doubt about my religious beliefs…” (Cooper 279).

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While there is/needs to be the separation of church and state, Christianity has had a huge impact in America. In an article called the Impact of Christianity by Faith Facts, great points are made about how America’s influence is based on the teachings of Christianity. A few quotes/example from this article are listed below and are related to government:

  • America’s foundational idea of The Rule of Law rather than the authority of man traces back to the Old Testament, beginning with the Ten Commandments.
  • The idea that all men are created equal as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence is a biblical doctrine.
  • The notion of the sovereign authority of God (as mentioned in the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, all 50 state constitutions, our currency, etc.)–rather than the sovereignty of the state–is certainly biblical.
  • The existence of moral absolutes (a biblical concept) is an important idea in our Declaration of Independence–specifically, self-evident truths and unalienable rights from the Creator.
  • Many other aspects of our laws come directly from the Bible–for example the judicial, legislative and executive branches trace to Isaiah 33:22. Fair trials with witnesses have numerous Old and New Testament support.
  • Regarding civil liberty, founding father John Adams (and others) emphasized 2 Corinthians 3:17 as the basis for American civil liberty. The slogan on the Liberty Bell is “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof” is from Leviticus 15:10. Kennedy and Newcombe argue that Jesus himself was the greatest civil libertarian of all time.

Conclusion

In closing, I think one of the greatest strengths of the United States was its desire to provide a place of freedom of dictatorship, of excessive governmental influence and of religious persecution. The fact that you can practice any religion, or no religion without persecution correlates with the Bible’s teaching that God allows a free will and ability for everyone to choose Christ as their Savior. This teaching allows people to stay within the Christian faith, or make the decision to believe differently. It is interesting to note that there is a growing influence of people coming from other countries around the world to do Christian ministry. This may have to do with the growing number of immigrants that have come to America and their desire to influence their belief system.

Bibliography

Image- (Secondary)

Co., USA Flag. “The Pledge of Allegiance.” Pinterest. Flag Co., 21 Feb. 2017. Web. 10 May 2017.

Numbers- (Secondary)

Gapminder Tools. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2017.

Social Media- (Secondary)

“American Views on Terrorism: 15 Years After 9/11.” Barna Group. N.p., 9 Sept. 2016. Web. 10 May 2017.

Words- (Primary)

Baltzell, George W. “Constitution of the United States – We the People.” Constitution for the United States – We the People. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2017.

Words-(Primary)

Cooper, John Milton. Woodrow Wilson: A bibliography. New York: Vintage , 2011. Print.

Social Media- (Primary)

“God In America.” PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, 11 Oct. 2010. Web. 10 May 2017.

(Secondary)

Meek, Charles S. “Faith Facts.” The Impact of Christianity – Faith Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2017.

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Mike, Chaplain. “Home.” Internetmonkcom. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2017.

Time-(Secondary)

“Religious affiliations of Presidents of the United States.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 07 May 2017. Web. 10 May 2017.

Maps- (Primary)

“World Religion Database.” AfricaMap. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2017.

Images- (secondary)

|, Sandy Hingston. “12 Things You Might Not Know About the Constitutional Convention.” Philadelphia Magazine. N.p., 25 May 2016. Web. 10 May 2017.

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Farming Life: Then to Now

I was raised in a family where farming has been around for decades. As I sit here, I can’t ignore the fact that scientist are trying to change agriculture. Farming has been around for a long time and it has changed throughout centuries. Before the 1700’s farming was done all by hand, all around the world. Once the Industrial Revolution came in the mid 1700’s everything changed with how farmers operated their farms. In the blog post on wordpress.com, a teacher talks about the impact the Industrial Revolution had on farming. Since everything was done on foot, everything took a really long time. Eventually technology started to develope and people were able to produce more crops on more land with new inventions and tools-  this was the start of the Industrial Revolution (wordpress).

Last week my uncle sent me a Facebook video that was about scientist trying to change the way of farming with growing crops in a warehouse in a much shorter time (3 weeks to be exact). While this sounds good, this is going to cause a lot of issues in the future when it comes to food and nutrients. When they grow their crops, it is primarily by fluorescent grow lights – they are trying to get away from soil and few water. But here’s the problem. Soil is a key nutrient in plants and crops – they get their minerals, vitamins, and nutrients from the soil. Another issue with this is that it’s all done by machinery. Not a lot of people work in these warehouses. This eventually will leave farmers without jobs and families without an income from their land. Machines are going to take over their jobs and cities eventually will expand outward towards farming land.

In a similar article they talk about the chicago crop expansion and the way they grow their crops in warehouses. This article talks very similarly with what the New Jersey warehouse talks about. They stress about the speed of crop growth and the expenses this industry has. Warehouse farming is far more expensive than regenerative agriculture. This means that the price of these crops are going to be far more pricier than our normal crops.This article also argues that they don’t use pesticides and fertilizer unlike regular farming does. But in today’s farming, regenerative agriculture are also staying away from pesticides and toxins, they uses plants, soil and sunlight.

These two articles are very interesting, especially if you’re into agriculture. Technology is changing and the Industrial Revolution is the start of it all. The technology in the 1700’s weren’t like the big machinery now in the 21st century. I remember having conversations with family members about farm life growing-up. When my grandpa was a farmer, he was fortunate to have lots of land and machines to help him out. However, farm machines have changed since he was a farmer. My brother always talks about how the tractors now drive themselves and he just had to assist the tractor when it needs to make a turn. While warehouse farming sounds all cool-and-dandy, Regenerative Agriculture is improving tremendously and will always be the healthier way to go.

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