Project #93298 - Comparative Religions

       Due 11/16/2015 No Plagiarism 400 words per question                  

 Answer any 2 of the following week 9 essays:

 

You may use any resources at your disposal. List your sources at the end of each essay.  Most of the answers to these questions are directly addressed in your text. Appropriately cite any sources if you are quoting or closely borrowing from an author’s text (physical or electronic). Suggested length is 400 WORDS per question NO PLAGIARISM

 

1. Outline some of the prime directives in Islam along with a description of some of the major branches.

 

2.  What was your reaction to the readings in My Religion Lab from either the Quran (Koran), Shariah, Sufi writings or articles on Theology and Spirituality?

 

3. Answer Question 3 on page 261 of Young.

 

4. Answer Questions 1 & 2 on page 261 of Young.

 

5. Answer Question 6 & 7 on p. 261  of Young.

 

6. Write an essay about Sufism (you might need to do some additional outside research).

 

7. You could also write an essay about Islam religious architecture (again requiring some additional outside research).

 

Helpful Video on Islam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEqqvAJb-6g

 

Essays for weeks 8 through 11 are due by Monday November 16th            

 

You should send them directly to the professor through Blackboard. Please attach all the  essays in a single Microsoft Word file using the Assignment Submission tab within the Assignment section of the Blackboard menu. Be sure to number your questions, put them in order, and identify the week. Don't forget to include your sources or bibliography.

 

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Week  10     November 1st   –  November 7th        

                            Medieval Christianity

                            Protestant Reformation

                            Christian Denominationalism

 

for week 10 read: Section II,  Chapter 14  in  The World’s Religions

read  Anselm of Canterbury’s  A Medieval Argument for the Existence of God; Hildegard of Bingen’s  Everything Lives in God; Two Kinds of Obedience

                           Answer any 3 of the following week 10 essays

 or: write one of the essays (1-6) and do video question (#7)

1.  Pick any two Christian medieval monastic groups (Benedictines, Cistercians, Carthusians, Augustinians, Premontrastentians, Franciscan friars or Dominican friars, etc.) and write an essay comparing and contrasting their origins, development, and practices. You may also pick lay religious or heretical groups like the Beghards, Beguines, Waldensians, Cathari, Dolcinites, Hussites, Lollards, Humilati, etc.

 

2.  Outline the growth and development of Christianity in any one area outside Western Europe or North America (Japan, China, Africa, Russia, Mexico, South America, Caribbean, etc.).

 

3.  Write an essay about Eastern Orthodoxy including aspects that you have found interesting and essential to a balanced discussion.

 

4. Choose two early reform Christian groups (i.e. Lutheran, Anglican, Calvinist, Anabaptist, Puritan, Methodist, etc.) from 1500 to 1800 and compare or contrast various aspects of their worship life, belief, philosophy and disagreement with the medieval Christian tradition.

 

5. Select two groups after 1800 and write an essay similar in intent to # 4, including reasons for their further separation from mainstream Christianity.

 

6. Choose one non-Christian contemporary movement and trace its history, philosophy and practices.

 

7.  This counts the same as answering 2 questions

 

Choose a popular film, documentary or PBS production that contains Christian themes from the early middle ages to the modern period. View it, summarize it, comment upon it, and after doing a little bit of research situate it within its proper historical and theological context. (Please make it a minimum of 4 or 5 pages and attempt to move beyond merely a summary of the film or documentary.) If the video is part of a multi-hour series you may watch all or just part of it. Below you’ll find a list of possible suggestions but do not feel compelled to choose from this list only:

 

The Name of the Rose (Medieval Monastic Murder Mystery with Sean Connery & Christian Slater)

 

Luther (2003)     Black Robe (Jesuits)       The Mission (Spanish Missionaries)

 

Brother Sun Sister Moon (Medieval, Franciscan)           Agnes of God        

 

Mass Appeal (‘70’s Roman Catholicism)   The Jesus Experience (Global Christianity)

 

The Jesus Factor (George Bush & Religion)     Stigmata        Time Changer

 

Breaking the Silence: The Story of the Sisters at DeSales Heights    Jesus Camp

 

Jesus of Montreal       Purple Triangles (Jehovah Witnesses & Holocaust)           

 

Joan of Arc (numerous versions)    A Man for All Seasons (Reformation, old classic)

 

The Song of Bernadette (Marian Apparitions, older film)    Becket (Medieval, classic)     

 

Inherit the Wind (Scopes Monkey Trial)       Romero           Therese

 

The Shoes of the Fisherman     The Apostle (Evangelical Preaching, w/Robert Duval)                    

 

Monsieur Vincent (St. Vincent DePaul)    Battle for the Minds     Dogma

 

The Holy Ghost People (snake handling Christians)         Marjo (child evangelist)

 

Brigham Young: Architect of Faith         Kingdom of Heaven

 

The Shakers (PBS)             Christianity: The First Thousand Years (A& E)

 

Merton (Trappist Monk, biography)  Christianity: The Second Thousand Years (A& E)

 

Essays for weeks 8 through 11 are due by November 16th   (11:59 p.m.)

     

Please submit all questions together in one attachment. Do not create an attachment or folder for each question or week. Number them, separate them by week and put them in one attachment. 

 

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Week  11   November 8th   –  November 14th         

     

                                                              Sikhism

                                                                                                            Baha’i

 

for week 11 read: Section II,  Chapters 13 & 14  The World’s Religions

 

and in My Religion Lab: Go to Student Resources the click on My Religion Library then click on Religion then click the segment on Sikhism then click on and read Guru Nanak at Mecca

 

                           Answer  any 2 questions for week 11

Prompts:

 

You may use any resources at your disposal. List your sources at the end of each essay.  Most of the answers to these questions are directly addressed in your text. Appropriately cite any sources if you are quoting or closely borrowing from an author’s text (physical or electronic). Suggested length is 2 or more pages per question (450-800 words).

 

1. Trace the history and philosophy of the Sikh faith.

 

2. Answer questions 3 & 4 (at the end of the Sikhism Chapter) on page 274 in Young.

 

3. Answer questions 1 & 2 (at the end of the Sikhism Chapter) on page 274 in Young.

 

 4. What are your thoughts on Baha’i? How did the movement begin and continue to sustain itself into the modern period.

 

 

5. Comment upon the readings in My Religion Lab concerning Sikhism.

 

You might consider looking at the following video for help with your essay on Sikhism:

Interesting Videos on Sikhism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM6C7ov6Yu8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyuvxQ80NJ8

Videos on Bahai

                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aX0JEdH1xg

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoJTt_y8xeU

 

Essays for weeks 8 through 11 are due by November 16th   (11:59 p.m.)

 

 

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