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REL 134 Week 1 Individual Assignment Elements of Religious Traditions Paper Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that does the following: Explains how religious traditions describe and encourage the following relationships: Relationship with the divine Relationship with sacred time Relationship with sacred space or the natural world Relationship with each other Identifies key critical issues in the study of religion Includes specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week One readingsâ€”such as a belief in one God or many gods and goddesses, church on Sunday, holy mountains, or the Quakers calling each other friends. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. REL 134 Week 1 DQ1 Why should we study religions? What are some of the methods used to study religions? What are some of the problems and questions sometimes associated with them? REL 134 Week 1 DQ2 How do religious traditions view the world and humanityâ€™s place in it? How do religious traditions respond to issues of gender? REL 134 Week 1 DQ3 From the reading, what are the basic elements of religion?
REL 134 Week 1 DQ4 What are some difficulties in trying to define religion and religious beliefs?
Week 2 REL 134 Week 2 Individual Assignment Jewish Holy Days Paper Prepare a 700-1050 Words Paper on Jewish holy days: Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Sukkot Hanukkah Purim Passover Shavuot Include in your paper: The time of the year of the holy day(s) The historical origin of the holy day(s) The religious practices associated with the day(s) Theological or cultural differences that might lead to differences in the observance of the holy day by the various branches of Judaism Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines. REL 134 Week 2 DQ1 Choose a key moment in the Biblical history of the Jewish people. How does this moment relate to the main religious beliefs of the Jewish faith? REL 134 Week 2 DQ2 What influence has Judaism had on the Western world? Provide examples of this influence? REL 134 Week 2 DQ3 What do the terms brahman, atman, maya, karma, samsara, and moksha mean? How do these terms relate to each other in Hindu teachings? REL 134 Week 2 DQ4 What forms of devotion and spirituality are common in Hinduism?
REL 134 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Christianity and the Arts Presentation Choose an example of Christian art, music, or architecture from each of the following: Eastern icons Western Medieval Renaissance Modern Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft速 PowerPoint速 presentation in which you explain how the chosen works illustrate the following: Basic Christian beliefs that emerged in the early church Historical development of the three major traditions Contrasts among the Christian traditions Pluralistic nature of contemporary Christianity Format citations and references consistent with APA guidelines. A Microsoft速 PowerPoint速 presentations with notes. REL 134 Week 3 DQ1 How was the New Testament formed and recognized in the early Church? What issues were critical to including a writing in the New Testament? REL 134 Week 3 DQ2 How does Christianity exhibit a pluralistic character? Compare Christian practices and sacraments among its many different denominations. REL 134 Week 3 DQ3 Do you identify Buddhism as a religion? Why or why not? How does it contrast with other traditional religions? REL 134 Week 3 DQ4 What are the Three Jewels of Buddhism? What are the Four Noble Truths? What are the steps of the Noble Eightfold Path? How do these teachings inform the practice of Buddhism?
REL 134 Week 4 Individual Assignment Islam Worksheet Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Islam Worksheet available on the student website.
REL 134 Week 4 DQ1 Islam means, at its root, “surrender”. How does Islamic belief and practice reflect the importance of surrendering to Allah? How is this idea expressed in similar ways in Judaism and Christianity? REL 134 Week 4 DQ2 What was the influence of Islam on the arts and sciences? How does the past influence compare with today’s influence? REL 134 Week 4 DQ3 What elements of Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto are characteristic of Eastern religious traditions studied in this course? REL 134 Week 4 DQ4 How does Confucianism differ with Taoism?
Week 5 REL 134 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Contemporary Issues in Western Religions Paper and Presentation Resource: Understanding Religious Beliefs and Traditions II simulation Choose one of the Western religious traditions discussed in the course. Write a 2,100- to 2,450-word paper about the contemporary issues facing the Western religious traditions studied in this course. The paper should discuss the following: Historical connections and theological similarities with the other two religions—this section is limited to 350 to 700 words Contemporary struggles within the religion and with the other two religions Cite at least five references in addition to the textbook. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. REL 134 Week 5 DQ1 How has the idea of the sacred or holy created conflict between these three Western religious traditions? REL 134 Week 5 DQ2 What threats do the Western religious traditions face in a more secular world? How are they coping with these threats?