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The Basis of Religion

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:28 AM
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In the novel "Brave New World" civilized society lives in a world of science and

technology. Major changes have occurred during the future; Utopia now revolves a religion of

drugs and sex. God and the cross have been replaced by Ford and the symbol T, the founder of the

age of machines. Instead of Sunday church, members now attend solidarity services where

morals and tradition are not learned, but rather faith is taught in the belief of hallucinations

produced by a substance known as "soma." Soma has effectively replaced the belief in a higher

being by its elimination of problems and stress resulting in a lack of imagination , creativity, or "soul."

Yet religion can still be found in today's society because of man's continuing need for answers to

questions that cannot be solved by science or technology.

Religion can be regarded as the beliefs and patterns of behavior by which humans try to

deal with problems and stress that cannot be solved through practical applications of science or

technology. "Brave New World" deals with stress by its elimination of problems through the use of

soma. As shown in the novel, the people have been addicted to soma as to the point of rioting when

their supply is threatened. Their attitude can be related to religious fanatics who accomplish violent

actions in the right of their religion. Present day society turns to lesser forms of expression through

weekly attendance to their place of worship in hopes of a stress-free life.   To overcome these

limitations, society turns to the manipulation of supernatural beings and powers.

Consisting of various rituals, prayers, songs, dances, offerings, and sacrifices, people try

to manipulate supernatural beings to their advantage. Recipients of riches, power, and glory have

often praised their Savior. These beings may be Gods and Goddesses or even...


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