1.”Understanding Religions and
Indigenous Sacred Ways” Please respond to the following:
Define indigenous religion, and
describe at least one aspect of indigenous religions that exists in a similar
form in a traditional mainstream religion.
Define religion, and discuss why it
is useful in society. Explain why it is important for you personally to
understand the beliefs of other religious groups.
2. “Hindu Way of
Life” Please respond to the following:
Explain the key ways in which the
teachings of the Vedas influence the daily lives of Hindus.
3.Noble Action, Sacred Call, or
Desire” Please respond to the following:
Explain whether or not you think
Siddhārtha Gautama’s quest to find enlightenment falls under the category of
noble action, sacred call, or desire. Discuss how his decision to leave his
family would be received in today’s culture.
4.”Actionless Action (Daosim) and
the Practice of Virtue (Confucianism)” Please respond to the
Identify and explain at least three
aspects of wu wei (non-doing) that would be practical in the busy lives of city
dwellers, especially those living in the West. Provide a rationale for your
5.”The Role of the Torah and
Special Covenant” Please respond to the following:
Discuss the significance of the
“special covenant” between the Jewish people and God. Name at least two
examples of this covenant in the Jewish religion.
6.”Why Can’t We Just Get
Along?” Please respond to the following:
Explain at least three reasons why
there are so many divisions / denominations in the Christian religion.
Explain what is meant by the term “synoptic gospels”, and discuss why
this term is important for Christians