Culture and religion appear to be complicated concepts. Philosophers and scholars have long debated the real meaning of both these terms along with the impact that they have on the comprehension of the social world. It is not a very complicated task to study culture and religion at the global front. This is because the complexity of both these terms can be recognised and respected without getting confused about the meaning of each term.

The Meaning of Culture and Religion

It is very important to sketch culture and religion separately prior to bringing both of them together for forming a composite picture. Religion is a category that was once considered irrelevant to be studied by policymakers and scholars. This is because religion was not believed to be significant for the security and the economic interests of the modern countries and their residents. Hitherto, there are many scholars in the present times that hold religion has something important for the society. They are of the view that religion cannot be easily ignored in these modern times. In the same way, the culture was also underplayed previously but the even culture has become a subject of significant study in the present times.

How does Religion Affect Culture?

Religion has a major impact on different cultures and this impact envisages itself in varied ways. Religion might have an impact on the same culture in varied ways and at varied times as well. When the people of a certain culture start having a strong belief in religion, it can have a major influence on that culture. This is because that particular culture starts accepting only those methods of thinking and only those behaviours that are acceptable in their specific religion. There are many countries in the present times that have developed cultures dominated by a certain religion were socialising with people of the opposite sex or having alcohol are things that are clearly frowned upon. This is something that is found in the Muslin countries where the culture is affected by Islam. However, such influences are not just limited to the Muslim countries.

In the past, European society was completely centred around the Christian Church and this had a major influence on the European culture. All cultural expressions were found to be church-related art appeared only religious and even the music that was produced was religious. Cultures of those times greatly valued religion and this value was to an extent that the people were willing to use major resources for activities like building cathedrals and supporting monasteries. The major impact of Christian Church on European culture is also found in the present times.

Is Religion Affecting the Present Society?

Nevertheless, religion always does not have a very strong influence on culture. There are many countries in the present times where religion does not have a strong say in the society. Religion in such countries has a minuscule effect. In Ireland, gay marriage has recently been legalised which is something not acceptable in a Catholic country. This puts forward the fact that the impact of religion on the present society is slowly fading.