Analyzing the assumption of how the Lord had
Analyzing human behaviour through faith can give us a good understanding of the uniformity and roles of humans in religious knowledge systems. Religion is composed of humans with a unifying set of beliefs. Many believes of a certain faith have the same assumptions for example, in Christianity, believers all have the assumption of how the Lord had died for humanity’s sins. Using these assumptions, a group of believers with uniform beliefs created the religion we know today and within this religion, they have developed knowledge regarding how to live their lives. Without the assumption of the uniformities, this religion could have no knowledge because it is dependent on the assumptions of other people.However different sects within a religion do not all hold the same set of beliefs, same set of unified assumptions or the same knowledge. Can the assumption of the existence of uniformities be interpreted in multiple ways? If all these “core values” are assumed to be the same in religion, why are there multiple religions? This questions the validity of the uniformities and ‘knowledge’ held by people of different religions. For example in Hinduism there are many limitations regarding edible meat products. Christianity does not place these values in their core values. The differences found in the belief systems of the two religions create new knowledge regarding their respectful religions and human behaviour while not having uniform qualities. A counter argument could be that the basis and underlying beliefs for different religions are the same such as the common belief that a higher omniscient power exists. People often tend to confuse this by mixing culture with religion. Therefore, although there are a few different characteristics in all religions, the core values still remain more or less the same. For that reason, there are assumed uniformities in all religions which allow all the religions to have this knowledge regarding their religious knowledge system. However common assumptions in uniformities in religion may be inaccurate due to religious education systems (catholic school board), religious institutions and political alignment of the knower which may alter common knowledge. There can be multiple interpretations of a certain religion, such as extremists who have very different beliefs of what their religion supposedly means based on the same assumed uniformities other people of the same faith have. Therefore both the assumed uniformities and differences in a religious knowledge system are capable of giving us a new knowledge. In certain situations and circumstances, the unknown will have a relation to the known in order for us to ever know anything new but there will be other situations that act as outliers and do not follow the same principles yet, new knowledge can be observed and learned from it. This follows the Gestalt theory that “the whole of anything is greater than its parts” (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Gestalt psychology.”) because all knowledge we currently have consists of both assumptions of uniformities and abnormalities.We are born into a world that already consists of the assumption of uniformities. Humans have a tendency to classify everything to gain a better understanding of it. Although not all research findings have been uniform and consistent, a lot of what we know is built on the assumption of uniformities. We are brought up in a school system where we are taught that for example, in a certain calculation we can use Avogadro’s constant. Therefore it is safe to assume that majority of our knowledge that humanity has discovered is due to the assumption of uniformities.