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Threats to Western Religious Traditions

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Q1. What threats do the Western religious traditions face in a more secular world? How are they coping with these threats?

Q2. What struggles are the Western religious traditions experiencing within their own traditions? How are they evolving while keeping true to their core values/essentials?

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One threat that Western religious traditions face in a more secular world, is the fact that many individuals in the Western world are developing their own philosophies and ideologies in reference to the concept of God, that differ somewhat from the traditional beliefs endorsed by traditional Western religions. In addition, Western religious ...

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Rabbinic Judaism was born from the chaos surrounding the Jewish rebellion of 66 BC to 70 BC which ended with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Judaism had been centered around the Temple and the sacrifices, teachings, and tradition associated with it. It had also been looking forward to a Messiah who would conquer the Romans and relieve the oppression the Israelites lived under. Pharisaic Judaism had stressed the inspiration and inerrancy of the Torah as God's word to Israel.

Rabbinic Judaism sought to unify several Jewish sects. It also tried to deal with the question of how to worship as a Jew without a temple and without a homeland for as a result of the diaspora. They were living in a world dominated by non-Jews and desperately needed a way to connect the present with their past. Rabbinic Judaism attempted to solve these problems by adding modern traditions to the Torah, replacing temple worship practices with other religious ceremonies, and helping Jews connect to their historical roots regardless of their present geographic location.

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