The Indoctrination Inactivity Book

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My Personal Indoctrination Inactivity Book


This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering psychological financial, legal, or other professional services. If expert assistance or counseling is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Distributed in the United States of America by Picador Books Copyright © 2021 by Simran J. Rao My Personal Indoctrination Inactivity Book An Imprint of New Picador Publications, Inc. 63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003 www.indoctrinationinactivity.com Cover design by Simran J. Rao All Rights Reserved


WARNING A lot of religion-based opinions and mindsets stem from the communities and people we have grown up in and around. It can become extremely hard to develop an individualistic viewpoint on these controversial topics when certain religious ideologies and perspectives are treated as factual. This workbook is a way for people to introspect and explore their biases, thoughts, opinions, and their inborn religious views and hopefully give them the opportunity to broaden their mindsets and become more open-minded about topics they might have previously been certain on. This workbook intends to expand or even change these dispositioned notions and ways of thinking.


Lets Get Started Before you begin, take this time to reflect on your positions on religion at this current stage in your life right now.

Are you religious?

Why or Why not?

What do you like about your religion?

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What would you change?

Are you familiar with the values/customs of other religions? What do you think about them?

Are you open to discovering more about your/ religion?

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What do you think God looks like? Do They form a concrete image in your mind? Or are They just an idea?

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If you don’t see an image that represents your view of God, draw one here.

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Word Association What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read these words. What kind of ideas, images, or thoughts do they conjure up?

God religion faith angels Satan Hinduism holy disciple Jesus Muslims devotee agnostic god-fearing sacred atheist prophet

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Get to Heaven! This world is compared to an ante-chamber that leads to Olam Ha–Ba, (the World-to-Come). Pirkei Avot 4:21

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Color Me What color is his skin tone?

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Afterlife What do you imagine the afterlife to be like? Is it like your religion describes or something different? Use words or imagery to get your vision across.

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Crossword What are your thoughts on religious people and places as you know them today? Color in the sqaures you don’t use to create the crossword.

ACROSS 1. An intriguing religion (not your own) 2. An odd religion 3. A nice religious leader 14

DOWN 1. Your favourite God 2. A dangerous religion 3. An unfamiliar place of worship


Goodness Quotient These are some of the values Christians, Hindus and Muslims pride themselves in living by. How much would you honestly rate yourself in these categories?

Service

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Thankfullness

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Compassion

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Endurance

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Creativity

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Justice

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Peace

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Wisdom

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Hope

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Humility

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Profession of Faith

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Prayer

/100

Fairness

/100

Desires/Passions

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Duties/Ethics

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John 2.1 -11 Fill in the blanks to complete this Madlib and this familiar story.

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Connections Connect the hidden dots to create an uncensored image of a popular religious leader.

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Match It Can you match these places of worship with the religions that they are associated with?

1. Synagogue

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Symbolism How does a symbol accurately represent a religion? Should it be meaningful? Memorable? Something else? If you founded a new religion, how would you represent it?

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Created by Surya Lesmana from the Noun Project

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Created by Surya Lesmana from the Noun Project

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Feelings Clouds Reflect on your thoughts about how religion is viewed by today’s society and how that has impacted your perceptions.

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Guess the Verse Can you tell which of these verses are from the Bible and from the Qu’ran?

The angels exalt [God] with praise of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth… Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Do not use God's name in your oaths as an excuse to prevent you from dealing justly. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things; by Your will they exist, and came to be.”

1. Revelation 4:11 4. Quran 2:224

2. Quran 6:61 5. Revelations 7:11

3. Exodus 20:12 6. Quran 42:5 23


From the Ramayana Fill in the blanks to complete this story and learn something new about another religion.

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for the salvation of the souls of

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support the weight of Ganga’s descent. Accordingly, celebrity

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verb past.

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that Ganga could descend while entwined in the locks of his hair. In one variation of the story, a/an Ganga tried to

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DIY How would you illustrate the cover of an accurate religious text?

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Unscrambler These words, like their interpretation have been messed up. Unscramble them to see them as they are.

DOG LIGROINE THAFI CEPTPIRHO ILSHIMIN CHCYHULR DSACER XOTHROOD DJAHI TSEAITH GACSOTNI

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Guess Who? These four male religious leaders have been extremely instrumental to the creation and evolution of their respective religions. Can you correctly identify them?

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Tangled Connections Untangle these to find out which countries are associated to which religions.

India

Russia

France

Brazil

Canada

Kuwait

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Islam

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Searching for Salvation “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

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Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments are a set of principles relating to ethics and worship that play a fundamental role in religions like Judaism and Christianity. If you could create a new set of Commandments to fit all religions, what would you say? What would you change?

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Acknowledgements Thanks are due to the following. Cover Design Inspiration: “Books.” US Macmillan, 14 June 2016, us.macmillan.com/books/9780312502140. Biblica - The International Bible Society. “Read the Bible Online | Biblica - The International Bible Society.” Biblica, 29 Mar. 2021, www.biblica.com/online-bible. Jones, Chika. “Unbelievable! 7 Times the Bible and Quran Said Exactly the Same Thing.” Legit.Ng - Nigeria News., 25 Oct. 2016, www.legit.ng/1020213unbelievable-7-times-bible-quran-said-exactly-thing.html. “Maze Generator.” Maze Generator, 2021, www.mazegenerator. net. “Tales of Lord Shiva, Destroyer of Evil.” Learn Religions, 2021, www.learnreligions.com/stories-of-shiva-1770460. “Word Search Maker.” Education.Com, 2021, www.education.com/worksheetgenerator/reading/word-search. Images: The Church Times, Courtauld Institute of Art, Pintrest: p 8; Mint Images, Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Museum at Eldridge Street, Ave Maria University, Shantinath Mandir :p 19; Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook:p 28.

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