Blog Reflection 2/18

At work this weekend, I told one of my coworkers how I had to visit a congregation as an assignment for this class. She was very interested, and we began to have a deeper conversation about religion in society. She brought up an article she had read and told me about it. She said that when looking at religious views and geographical locations, you can find specific religious beliefs in certain geographical locations on earth. She continued to say that depending on where you are born, you would be raised in a specific religion. Although this can be true for the most part, it is becoming less and less true as time goes on. In the case study I read for our presentations, Peggy Levitt makes a compelling argument about how immigrants coming to America bring their religious beliefs and culture with them and reshape America’s religious landscape. Levitt tells how the integration of these different beliefs has created less borders between religions. As religions spread further around the globe, the lines that divide each religion fade. Today, you can be born in Japan and raised Christian, or you can be born in America and raised Muslim. Of course, the culture you are born in plays a big part of your religious upbringing, but the culture that you are born into can be different than the country of which you are a citizen of. Although it’s no question that culture shapes religion,  we can also see that religion shapes culture.