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DeVry RELI448 Week 1 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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Religious Experience (graded)

Have you ever had an experience that you could properly describe as religious? I have in mind not only dramatic experiences like visions and conversions, but also more commonplace, socially-embedded experiences such as receiving communion, becoming bar mitzvah, serving as a godparent for a young relative, or even simply attending religious services. Think about that experience and ask yourself: Did it put you in touch with the infinite? How would you describe the experience? Was it transcendent? Monotheistic? Elaborate.

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The Origins of Religion (graded)



Imagine that you are in a comparative religions class and your professor argues that all religious experience is false. It is nothing more than a projection of childhood fears (sicFreud). How would you answer your professor? Use one of the authors studied this week to counter this claim. Use specific details to support your answer.

DeVry RELI448 Week 2 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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The Faces of God (graded)

Hinduism offers as one explanation for its many gods that humans need concrete representations of the formless absolute. Also, finite minds can perceive the infinite only in a limited way, according to taste and temperament, cultural background, and other factors. Religions such as Christianity or Judaism view God in carefully defined ways that restrict the names and personality that reflect the divine. Yet even here, the way that God is pictured varies. Reflect on the images you have had of the divine, and interview friends about images they have had. How have these pictures in your mind changed since you were a child? Is it possible they will continue to change as you age or as you study religion more deeply? How do you account for this process, and how would you attempt to measure the correctness of one image over another?

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Jainism and Ahimsa (graded)

Jainism has five ethical principles, the first of which is ahimsa, or, nonviolence towards all living creatures. Some Jains sweep the ground in front of them to avoid killing small insects. Jains are also strict vegetarians, and some reject the use of any animal products such as leather and jewelry. Do you think this kind of ethic is reasonable for all people or only a minority? Argue the case for or against such strict principles.

DeVry RELI448 Week 3 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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The Four Noble Truths (graded)

The most important of the Four Noble Truths is the fourth, the Noble Eightfold Path. Did anything in particular strike you about these "paths” (e.g., the idea of "right thoughts," that we should always try to act with pure motives)? Do you see any similarities between the Noble Eightfold Path and Christianity? Did Jesus say anything similar to Buddha in this regard? Elaborate.

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Two Parables: The Prodigal Son (graded)

Read the Buddhist and Christian versions of the prodigal son

story:http://www.comparativereligion.com/prodigal.html

What do you see as the main difference between these two stories? You can start by simply taking one element of the parable and discussing how this element differs in the two parables. For example, how is the role of the father different in the Buddhist and Christian versions of the story? Elaborate.

DeVry RELI448 Week 4 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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Confucius Says… (graded)

Confucius was once asked if there was one rule that could serve as the guide to one's whole life. He replied: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." How does this rule compare with Jesus' teaching on the Golden Rule? Look at these Biblical verses to see if you can tell the difference: Matthew 7:12; Matthew 5:21-26, 43-48 (see the Webliographyfor an online Bible). Is there one rule that you live by?

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East Meets West (graded)

The ideas of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing)have been widely translated into English. Some might recall the delightful children’s version of The Tao of Pooand The Te of Piglet. Consider this saying: "The best man is like water. Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them. It dwells in places that all disdain...The best man in his dwelling loves the earth..." What does this mean to you? Do you agree with this philosophy? Can you see any connection between Taoism and the environmental movement? Elaborate.

DeVry RELI448 Week 5 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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Judaism and the Prophetical Tradition (graded)

The prophet Amosspoke out against the injustices of the Northern Kings of Israel. He set the tone for centuries of prophetical figures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A central theme of the prophetical tradition is social justice. Read Amos 2:6-16; 5:14-15 in this regard (see the Webliography for an online Bible). Do you think churches have done enough with regard to social inequality, poverty, injustice, and so on? What one issue do you think churches should address today?dq 2

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Biblical Themes: The Problem of Evil (graded)

Epicurus is generally credited with first expounding the problem of evil, and it is sometimes called "the Epicurean paradox": "Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?" The problem of evil poses this question: how can a God who is all-powerful, all-wise, and all-good permit so much pain, suffering, and evil in the world? How would you answer this question?

DeVry RELI448 Week 6 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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Jesus and the Kingdom of God (graded)

Describe some of the values Jesus had in mind when he used the phrase "Kingdom of God." One scholar has called Jesus's message "ethical apocalypticism." What do you think this means in light of our discussion of apocalypticism in the text? (You might want to relate this to the Beatitudesin Matthew 5:1-12.)


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The Proofs for the Existence of God (graded)

Read through the Proofs for the Existence of Godcarefully (see Course Resources). Do any of them convince you? If the answer is yes, then explain one that resonates with you.If the answer is no, then what purpose do you think the proofs serve?Would it make a difference to you if the proofs were somehow made better? How would Jesus have responded to attempts to prove the existence of God?

DeVry RELI448 Week 7 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2016 November

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The Five Pillars of Islam (graded)

In that it recognizes one God who rules the entire world, Islam may be called a universal religion. However, although Islam grew out of a particular seventh-century Arabian context, Muslims claims that its central document, the Qur'an, must be read in Arabic in order to be fully appreciated. How can Islam or any similar religion resolve the tension between the universal and the particular? How can it (or any other faith) be a religion for people of all races and nationalities without giving up its distinctive cultural heritage?


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Indigenous Religions (graded)

Indigenous religions, such as those of Native American traditions, claim a special relationship with nature. The concept of sacred space is particularly important. What makes a sacred place? Can you name some? Are there any sacred spaces in your life and what makes them so?

DeVry RELI448 Week 2 Quiz Latest 2016 November

Question 1. Question :

(TCO 1) The word "religion" literally means:

to meditate on.

to worship.

to bind again.

to rise above.

Question 2. Question :

(TCO 1) The Way of Faith is normally associated with:

Hinduism.

Buddhism.

Catholic Christianity.

Protestant Christianity.

Question 3. Question :

(TCO 2) This author made an important distinction between personal religious experience and institutional religion:

Ludwig Feuerbach

William James

Blaise Pascal

Rudolf Otto

Question 4. Question :

(TCO 4) The sociologist who emphasized that individual religions arise from and express the values of their societies was:

Levi-Strauss.

Durkheim.

Foucault.

Sartre.

Question 5. Question :

(TCO 8) The word "maya" means:

liberation.

the moral law of cause and effect.

reincarnation.

illusion.

Question 6. Question :

(TCO 9) The Bhagavad Gita is part of a long poem called:

The Iliad.

The Puranas.

Rig Veda.

Mahabharata.

Question 7. Question :

(TCO 8) Bhakti yoga is:

the path to God through knowledge.

the path to God through loving devotion.

the path to God through work.

the path to God through meditation.

Question 8. Question :

(TCO 8) In Hinduism, dharma refers to:

postures used in meditation.

one's social duty.

a style of drumming.

faith in a teacher.

Question 9. Question :

(TCO 10) Mahavira and the other figures associated with the establishment of Jainism are called Tirthankaras, which means:

noble ones.

crossing makers.

conquerors.

enlightened.

DeVry RELI448 Week 6 Quiz Latest 2016 November

Question 1. Question :

(TCO 6) Judaism traces its origins back to this patriarch in the book of Genesis:

Abraham

Isaac

Jacob

Joseph

Question 2. Question :

(TCO 7) The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures are called the:

Torah.

Wisdom Literature.

Prophets.

Historical Books.

Question 3. Question :

(TCO 6) The greatest (or, major) prophets were:

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Moses, Joshua, and Judges.

Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekial.

James, Peter, and Paul.

Question 4. Question :

(TCO 6) A well-known leader of Reform Judaism in America was:

Isaac Leeser.

Isaac M. Wise.

Abraham Cahan.

Mordecai Kaplan.

Question 5. Question :

(TCO 7) The authoritative list of the twenty-seven books that make up the New Testament (Christian Scriptures) is known as:

the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Nag Hammadi Writings.

the Apocrypha.

the canon.

Question 6. Question :

(TCO 6) This early Christian leader made three important missionary journeys and is often called the "apostle to the Gentiles":

James

Peter

Paul

Stephen

Question 7. Question :

(TCO 6) This branch of Christianity is ethnically oriented and is predominant in such countries as Russia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania:

Catholic

Orthodox

Protestant

None of the above

Question 8. Question :

(TCO 6) In AD 1517, the Protestant Reformation began with the reforms of:

Jan Hus.

Martin Luther.

John Calvin.

Henry VIII.

Question 9. Question :

(TCO 6) The most significant movement in religion since World War I is:

revivalism.

fundamentalism.

Puritanism.

Calvinism.

DeVry RELI448 Week 2 Reflection Essay Latest 2016 November

Homework: Expository Essay

This assignment is due in Week 2 of the course.Scholars conclude that what we ordinarily call religion manifests to some degree the following eight elements: 1) a belief system; 2) community; 3) central myths; 4) rituals; 5) an ethical system; 6) emotional experiences; 7) material expressions of religion; and 8) sacredness.

1. Examine to what extent your religious beliefs fall into this pattern. Do some elements have more weight than others? If you do not have a belief system, interview someone who does and examine their belief system. Provide enough details to support your answer.

2. Then examine one of the "new religions" or alternative paths that are seen in today's world and apply the same analysis to their beliefs. Do some elements have more weight than others? Are some totally absent? Provide enough details to support your answer. Please limit your analysis to no more than three elements for each section.

3. New Religious Movements: Scientology, Falun Gong, Cao Dai, Wicca and Druidism, the Yoruba Tradition (Santería, Voodoo, and Candomblé), Rastafarianism, etc. Feel free to choose among one of these alternatives or another approved by your instructor.

This essay should be 3 pages in length (1050 words). [Note the addition of word count to clarify how long the paper should be if formatted properly in APA.]

Submit your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.

See the Syllabus section "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.

DeVry RELI448 Week 4 Midterm Exam Latest 2016 November

Question 1. Question :

(TCO 4) Compare and contrast Sigmund Freud's theory as to the origin of religions with William James' theory. How does each of these psychologists view religion (positively or negatively)? Then analyze how the insights of Freud or James might illuminate your religious tradition or the tradition with which you are most familiar. How would Freud or James understand that tradition? Use specific examples to support your answer (e.g., a specific belief or ritual).

Question 2. Question :

(TCO 8) Identify and describe four key concepts of the Upanishads. Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.

Question 3. Question :

(TCO 9) Identify and analyze the Three Marks of Reality in Buddhism. How do these differ from the Hindu concept of reality? Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.

Question 4. Question :

(TCO 10) Identify and describe three ethical mandates of Jainism. Then evaluate the case for or against complete vegetarianism—eating no fish or animals. Is this reasonable for all people or only a small minority? Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.

DeVry RELI448 Week 6 Field Trip Report Latest 2016 November

Field Trip Report

For this class you are required to visit a religious site not your own. This could be a synagogue, a Christian church, a mosque, or a temple. The purpose of this trip is to report on what you saw -normally a religious service—and how it compares to your own religious upbringing and/or current practice.

The report should give a description of the site and a detailed summary of thereligious service.Describe what you observed. What were the material expressions of the service (statues, paintings, music, etc). Was there anything special going on that day (e.g., baptisms)? If there was asermon, analyze it. In brief, make it "up close and personal." Conclude with your personal reaction to this experience.

This paper should be at least three (3) pages in length (1050 words) with proper APA formatting. This includes proper documentation. This is a formal academic paper so pay careful attention to the basics of writing a good English composition. There is a grading rubric that covers all the basics in Doc Sharing.

Submit your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions.

See the Syllabus section "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.

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