Reflection 2/18

This past week four more groups were able to give their presentations about their case study.  After listening to what each group had to say about the book, one group really stood out to me.  It was the “Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes” presentation. In this case study, two main topics were brought up: theistic and extra theistic.  The group defined theistic as someone who has a one on one relationship with God, whereas extra theistic is someone who believes in more spirituality things than religion.  The group discussed the similarities and differences between the two and how it played a major key in the author’s book. They also included a short video of two people, a women who is theistic and a male is extra theistic, and showed how they live their everyday lives.  

This video was very interesting because it would show the male and female doing the exact same things throughout their day.  They would both wake up, brush their teeth, eat breakfast, etc. The women had a child that was about 2-3 years old. She was a stay at home mom and went to her church very often.  She believed that without religion, without believing in God, we humans wouldn’t be living our life to the fullest. The video then showed the male’s perspective. He was a single, mid-30’s man, who works at home on his computer.  He lived with 5 other roommates because he said he was a millennial. He said that he was an atheist and did not believe in religion.

It was interesting to see how similar, yet different these two theistic and extra theistic people’s lives were.  It showed that they both do the same things as any other human would do. The difference between the two is their outlook on life and how they think they are living their life to the fullest.  This is why the topic religion is a major controversy. Some people are just like the women who believe that life would not be the same if it weren’t for God. However, there are others like the male who don’t believe in any religion, yet they are still living their life to the fullest.