“Ties between language and religious practice” posted on December 6, 2014
I found this blog about religion and language and found it really interesting in the framework of worldviews due to the ability of language to misinterpret the meanings of religious texts with increasing numbers of translations. Language is the medium which religion is interpreted and this article points that variation in language allows for different interpretations based on language of origin and the connection between translations and the variation of meanings from different languages.
“Folly or fact?”
The article is about behavior and its interpretations and acceptability in social norms of a culture or tradition based on an event in Hamilton, Ontario on September 13, 2013. Apparently there was an incident where a man died from diabetes and was placed in a side room where his wife believed he would rise again from a traditional belief from her original culture. The blog references Tom Paine and the views that logic and reason should rule above the faith and superstitious beliefs and actions. The secular ideas and use of scientific method could potentially eliminate many of the behaviors which seem unfamiliar or outrageous to our own cultural views could be eliminated.
“Merry Christmas or happy holidays”
A woman was apparently assaulted for using the term “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” when working for the Salvation Army. The misuse of the greeting was apparently offensive to the offender and can be associated with the entrenched Christianity in the western world which pervades the majority culture in Canada. The blog asserts that there is a move towards a more increasingly religious and cultural diversity which should culturally allow for a more inclusive greeting in the holiday season. The term happy holidays is becoming more popular due to the increasing diversity in the country and the inclusion of multicultural attitudes there is a move towards the adoption of the phrase as opposed to the “merry Christmas” of the current cultural theme.