I'm new to the forums, so I'm sorry if this isn't the correct area to put this in, but I was wondering...
I've been taking Sociology this semester in college, thinking it would go along great with Architecture and designing buildings. However, I've come to learn that the belief in Sociology is that everything, including God and Religion is man-made and are social creations. They also believe that churches/religions are simply religious institutions.
Another thing being taught is that things such as religions are seen as being God-given or divine because they have been around for so long that reification has occured, and people forget the socially constructed origin of their institution.
How does one deal with a subject such as this? I rarely ever question my own faith in God, but the only times I catch myself questioning it, is usually while i'm in this class. I feel so horrible in questioning it, and I don't want to question the existence of God. So what can I do to deal with this seed of doubt being placed into me? How can I go through this class without diminishing my own faith?
I would also like to say that my continued interest in Orthodoxy (and hopefully one day becoming Orthodox) is one of the main reasons I've been able to fight back these thoughts and doubts.
Welcome to the forum, friend!
I know I have recommended his books several times on the forum (at least I think I have...), but may I recommend that you read The Mountain of Silence
, by Kyriacos C. Markides, as well as the sequel, The Gifts of the Desert
. He is a sociology professor at the University of Maine whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak last year. His early books were written during a time when he left Orthodoxy for the secular beliefs of sociology that are like what you described. But he returned to Orthodoxy, and his books explain why quite well. I think he has written other books about his return to Orthodoxy (prior to these two), but I am not sure. Maybe someone could help out here.
I was going to give this long, detailed explanation of what I think, based on my sociology classes from the University of Georgia. But, truth be told, I can't seem to articulate it very well tonight. I'll weigh in on it in the next day or so, after I have a chance to think about it and whatnot.
In the meantime, I'll just say May God bless and guide your footsteps in your search for Him!