8-10 sentences per question:
Read the following chapters in CF (Christian Foundations):
Chapter 5: Jesus
Chapter 7: The Mystery of Suffering and Evil
Respond to the following questions on the Discussion Board:
(1) Why is the problem of evil so difficult to fathom for most people who believe in a god/gods? Obviously, evil is problematic whether you are a theist, an atheist, or an agnostic - but why is it a challenge to belief in God? What was Jesus' approach to this problem of suffering and evil?
(2) What are some of the significant moments in the life and teachings of Jesus? Why is his death/resurrection so crucial for Christians? Does your own view of who Jesus was/is correspond with the information in chapter 5 of CF, or do you see him differently?
(3) Make sure you understand the biblical, classical, process and feminist approaches to the problem of suffering and evil. In your own opinion, which is the most convincing? Which is the least? Why?
(4) The last part of this week's assignment is to answer this question: Why study religion? OK, OK, I know that most of you are taking this course because you HAVE TO in order to graduate. I get that. After 27 years at SPC I realize this is not a career track for you. I pretty much took "Physics for Poets" and "Macroeconomics for Morons" in college. Even as I suffered through the math, I learned some things and became a more well-rounded person. However, "because I have to take it" is not a gradable answer to the question I posed at the beginning of this paragraph. I want you to consider the power (both positive AND negative) of religious belief in the world. Because of this often double-sided influence religion has (there are plenty of religious extremists in this country, and numbers-wise most are Christian, not Muslim) it would be a good idea for individuals to understand their own religion and to have a sense of how it is similar to and different from the beliefs of others. So what I want you to do is to read a few articles about "religion" or "theology" off the internet and then tell me, in one to two paragraphs, why it is or is not important to study these matters. Add this to the other 3 questions above which you are answering on the Discussion Board this week from your readings in CF.
\ORMATION ON THE NET OR IN OTHER TEXTS IN ORDER TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, BUT I WANT YOUR WORK TO BE YOUR OWN ... NOT SIMPLY CUTTING AND PASTING. IT IS YOUR VOICE I WANT TO HEAR, STRUGGLING AND LEARNING THIS MATERIAL. ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT IS PLAGIARISM.
DON'T JUST READ THE TEXTBOOK, AND PLEASE DON'T JUST LOOK AT THESE TOPICS IN WIKIPEDIA. GOOGLE SOME OF THE PEOPLE/CONCEPTS/TERMS. BROADEN YOUR VIEW - IT WILL HELP YOU TO ANSWER THE DISCUSSION BOARD QUESTIONS MORE ADEQUATELY.
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