The Eucharist or the Sacrament of Communion is recognized universally by one who actively practices a belief in Jesus as God’s son. The Eucharist, an act of eating bread and drinking wine in...

The Eucharist or the Sacrament of Communion is recognized universally by one who actively practices a belief in Jesus as God’s son. The Eucharist, an act of eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of the passion of Christ, goes by many names, depending on the religion that is commemorating it. However, there are many who participate in this religious ritual but do not understand it. Is there any value in participating in religious rituals one does not understand? Is there an argument that understanding is impossible in some cases? Could it be argued that understanding is not always desirable? What might be more important than understanding? This needs to be 6–7 pages long.

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This is certainly a multi-faceted and philosophical question, and it is one that begs personal interpretation. Therefore, I would encourage you to think through how each of the questions asked in the prompt might be addressed from your own perspective. Those questions are as follows:

  1. Is it even worth doing religious actions that are not understood?
  2. Can everything be understood?
  3. Might we not want to understand everything?
  4. What might be more important than understanding?

Here, though, are some ideas to get you thinking. In regards to the first question, it could easily be broadened to ask, "Should any action be done if it is not understood?" which makes answering it slightly more obvious but still applicable to the dialogue. The answer, of course, is yes. For example, most people, when they drive to and from work, could give little to no explanation of how their cars start and how their cars work in reverse and drive, and so on, yet there is still obvious benefit to completing the action....

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