RELIGION: FILIPINO’S WAY OF LIVING
Author: Juanito Cristobal Jr.
The country Philippines is much known of people who are pious. The
strong beliefs of Religion that brought them to so many celebrations like fiestas. Fiestas are connected to religious acts in Philippine context in honour to a certain Saints or Patron Saints. Though the country has so many different religions, still the way of living is according to what their religion has offered to them. According to the census of the year 2000 the population of “Roman Catholic is 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 1.8%, Aglipayan 2%, Other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%”
For 300 years that the Spaniards ruled the country, brought Catholicism
and still dominantly occupied the country for its highest population in this
century. Historically, before the Spaniards came to Philippines, Muslims are
already the settler of the country. The colonization made the country change the status of Religion. Due to the absence of centralization of the Muslim Religion though the small number of Spaniards they are able to convert the large number of Filipinos (Catholicism, 5).
The centuries gone and now facing the new trend of civilization. The rapid
growth of technology now slightly changes the religious beliefs of this new
generation. That is why religious organization integrated their teachings to the
demand of the new generation. People of the new generation converted their
attention to technologies that lead their way behind to religion. Religious
organizations are now facing the crisis of bringing the people back to the church.
The researcher is going to present his study about the Philosophy of
Religion. He focused solely on Religion in the Philippines, the Catholicism. As well as some sort of other religions in the country. The researcher will present his study guided by the following:
1. How religion affects the way of life to Filipinos?
2. Does Philosophy of Religion in line to religious beliefs of Filipinos?
*Complete paper is upon request.
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