Your 3-page Reflection Essay is due this week.
See Week1for specific instructions on this essay.
Scholarsconcludethatwhatweordinarilycallreligionmanifeststosomedegreethefollowingeightelements:1) abeliefsystem; 2) community; 3) central myths; 4) rituals; 5) an ethicalsystem; 6) emotional experiences; 7) material expressions ofreligion; and 8) sacredness.
1. Examinetowhatextent your religious beliefs fall into this pattern. Dosomeelementshave more weight than others? If you do not have abeliefsystem, interview someone who does and examine theirbeliefsystem. Provide enough detailstosupport your answer.
2. Then examine one ofthe"new religions" or alternative pathsthatare seen in today's world and applythesame analysistotheir beliefs. Dosomeelementshave more weight than others? Aresometotally absent? Provide enough detailstosupport your answer. Please limit your analysistono more than threeelementsfor each section.
3. New Religious Movements: Scientology, Falun Gong, Cao Dai, Wicca and Druidism,theYoruba Tradition (Santería, Voodoo, and Candomblé), Rastafarianism, etc. Feel freetochoose among one of these alternatives or another approved by your instructor.
This essay should be 3 pages in length (1050 words). [Notetheaddition of word counttoclarify how longthepaper should be if formatted properly in APA.]