Functions of Religion in Society
Many religions tend to focus on a 'God figure'. Some religions have more than one 'God figure' (Polytheistic) as an object/subject of reverence and worship. The reliance on religious symbols, sacred objects is common to all religions as is the firm belief in reincarnation or 'a life' after death. The variety of religious practices is consistent with the diversity of cultures and the limitless paths humans have sought in order to make sense of their world. These religious practices are given legitimacy and credence in written documents which in themselves may offer an enlightened path for the follower. Christians have their Bible, Hindus study the Vedas, Jews read the Talmud, Moslems find enlightenment in the Koran and the Chinese may study the writings of Confucius.
Many religions face a paradox with the presence of a divine creator who is pure, good and benevolent existing in a world of evil, of suffering, of