Official vs Non Official Religion

Before the class and reading chapter four of McGuire’s book I never knew that a distinction between what was considered official religion and non official religion existed. My prior association with acts of unofficial religion was that if it was inspired by an official clergy of some kind that it was too considered to be official. According to McGuire non official religion is “is a set of religious and quasireligionus beliefs and practice…[not] controlled by official religious groups” (McGuire 113). In class, the lecture was about the different aspects of each and how they compare. Perhaps the easiest example to compare the two are through the location in which religions are practice. Official religions are practiced in an official and universally accepted house of worship. Unofficial religion can be practiced anywhere there is one person with a strong belief. Acts of non official religion are more susceptible to be accepted by multiple religious’ beliefs. They can be a similar acts amongst many religions because of the grey boundaries that go into defining a non official religious act. One example of this is the visitation and creation of an alter where loved ones have passed. It is common among many cultures and religious background to honor those who have passed with theses acts of remembrances. Although many people may have tolerance for other’s religions, they may not believe in the exact disciplines like the would in universally accepted acts of non official religions. This brings even the least alike religions together.