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Baptist and Methodist (A Child of God)

I require help answering the following questions including defining the elements of Baptist and Methodist religious belief system.

a. How one's beliefs make up a religious belief system
b. How one's acquires his or her religious belief system
c. The benefits and disadvantages of having a particular belief system
d. The role of tradition in Baptist and Methodist religious belief system
e. The role of tradition in religion in general
f. The importance of being knowledgeable about other peoples' beliefs and attitudes towards religion

Thank you for your assistance, please list any referenced information including any in text citations.

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Let's look at each question individually, which you can consider for your final copy. I also attached a sample APA paper that you can follow for your final copy. This response is a combination of personal knowledge and outside sources.


a. How one's beliefs make up a religious belief system.

Most of our beliefs are influenced by religion in one way or another, as all values and principles for living come from form of philosophy, which most often (if not always) is a reflection of a morality (ethical framework) stemming from a religion tradition. The principles and values are incorporated into society and into the rules of the land (laws and regulations). One's parents pass these values to their children.

For example, one's belief system may be made of values such as:" Do onto others as you would them do onto you" is a Universal principle found in most religions. Most parents also teach their children these principles in some form like "If you are nice to your friends, they will be nice to you." Another religious based principle is "Treat your neighbor as yourself." In other words, have respect and treat your neighbor well are values passed down from religious traditions to society and to generations of people. Principles of love, kindness, compassion, helping others and humanitarian effort are reflections of religious concepts and principles in many families, communities and societies.

b. How one acquires a religious belief system?

What is one's philosophy of life? What does one believe? Does the person believe in God? Is she or he an atheist? Even atheists have a philosophy or belief system that guides her or his decisions and actions. Some people acquire their religious belief system through going to church. Others may not go to church, but one's parents raised her or him based on moral or religious principles e.g., be nice to your friends, work hard and you will get ahead (is referred to Protestant work ethics, where work is considered spiritual), respect your mother and father through listening and obeying them as a child and being kind and helpful as we get older (one of the 10 commandments in Christianity and reflective of most religions). As mentioned above, this religious belief system them comes from a religion, even though a person may or may not participate in any religion affiliation. Society actually passes many religious or moral values incorporated into the law, which was originally formed based on religious principles and values, although some of the present laws no longer reflect any religious tradition. However, a crime like murder is wrong because the Bible says so "Do not kill" or stealing if wrong because of the commandment "Thou shalt not steal."

If you believe in respecting other people or in helping the elderly, for example, these are reflections of religious values of love, kindness and compassion, which are common to most ...

Solution Summary

By addressing the questions, this solution discusses aspects of a religious belief system, including the various elements of two religious belief systems: Baptist and Methodist. References are provided.