The Role of Religion in Society: A Historical Overview



Religions are the most influential social institutions in human history. They have shaped our societies and cultures, and continue to do so today. Whether you believe religion is important or not, it’s hard to deny its impact on society as a whole. In this article I’ll explore some of the most important religions throughout history, where they came from and what role they played in shaping society as we know it today.

Early Religions

The ancient religions were based on the worship of nature, and include Greek, Roman and Egyptian. These early religions included polytheistic beliefs in which there are many gods who are often associated with different aspects of nature. Early religions focused on the worship of these gods rather than one single god or goddess, who was considered to be more powerful than others.

These religions were pantheistic (believing that all things are part of a divine whole) and animist (believing that everything has an animating force). Pantheism believes that everything is part of God; this belief can also form part of religious pantheons such as Hinduism where Vishnu is seen as being supreme god over his brothers Shiva and Brahma – each representing an aspect of creation such as time or diversity etc…


Christianity is the world’s largest religion and has been around for 2,000 years. It was founded by Jesus Christ, who preached love and forgiveness above all else. Today, Christianity is practiced by more than 2 billion people worldwide. There are several christian church throughout the world.

Christianity is also a monotheistic religion: it believes in one god called God (or Jehovah), who created the universe through his son Jesus Christ or Jehovah’s Son (or Lord). The word “Christian” comes from Chrétien (meaning “Christ-like”) which means someone who follows this faith.


Islam is a religion that is often associated with beauty, both in its teachings and its practices. From the eloquent verses of the Quran to the intricate patterns of Islamic art and architecture, Islam is a religion that celebrates beauty in all its forms.

One of the most beautiful aspects of Islam is its emphasis on peace and compassion. The Quran teaches that all human beings are equal in the eyes of God and that we should treat others with kindness and respect, regardless of their background or beliefs. This emphasis on peace and harmony has helped to foster a sense of unity and community among Muslims around the world.

Another beautiful aspect of Islam is its focus on gratitude and humility. Muslims are encouraged to be grateful for the blessings in their lives and to show humility in their actions and interactions with others. This emphasis on gratitude and humility helps to cultivate a sense of mindfulness and awareness, which can lead to a greater appreciation of the world around us.

Finally, Islam is a religion that celebrates the beauty of nature and the natural world. From the majestic mountains and oceans to the smallest insects and flowers, Muslims are encouraged to appreciate the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. This appreciation of nature can help to foster a sense of awe and wonder, which can lead to a deeper connection with the divine.


Christianity, Islam and Judaism are three of the most prominent religions in the world. The first two have been around for thousands of years, while Judaism is even older (it was founded by Abraham). All three religions share some commonalities: they are monotheistic (believe in one god), they recognize only one true God and teach that humans must follow his commandments to be saved from eternal damnation at the end of life.

The main difference between these three religions lies with their individual views on how humanity should live together as one species on this planet Earth called “Earth.”


Hinduism is a religion, a way of life and a philosophy. It is one of the oldest religions in the world and has no founder.

Hinduism has many gods and goddesses but most worship Vishnu, the preserver god; Shiva, the destroyer god; Brahma, creator god; Durga (the mother goddess); Kali (the goddess who destroys evil), Saraswati (goddess who teaches wisdom) Lakshmi (goddess who brings wealth), Ganesha (god with elephant head). Other important deities include Saraswati’s son Skanda or Kartikeya as well as Ganesha’s wife Laxmi Narayan Devi.

Buddhism and Taoism

Buddhism and Taoism are both Eastern religions that have existed since around 500 BC. They are both based on the teachings of Buddha, who lived in India around 500 BC. Buddhism focuses on the idea of self-perfection through meditation, while Taoism emphasizes living according to nature’s order (天).


The role of religion in society has changed over time, and will continue to do so. Religion is an important part of human culture because it helps people understand the world and cope with difficult situations.


It is undeniable that religion has been an integral part of many societies throughout history. In fact, some historians suggest that the rise of human civilization began with religious rituals and practices. But today, with globalization bringing people from different parts of the world together in one place at one time, it seems like there’s no longer room for religion in modern life—or so we think. However, this conclusion may not be accurate because we still see some religious rituals being performed even though they don’t seem necessary anymore.