three discussions and one assignment 1

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Discussion 1

“Differences in Islam” Please respond to 3 of the following:

What do you make of Muhammad’s 5 Pillars? How do they compare to other religious systems we have studied?
Discuss the main similarities and differences between at least two sects of the Islamic religion.
Discuss the overall role of women in the Islamic religion.
Read Malala Yousafzai’s story, p. 415. How does Islam fit into her story?
Compare/contrast Muhammad with either Jesus, Moses, Buddha, or Confucius
Any famous Muslim celebrities out there? (you will be surprised!)

Discussion 2

“5 Ks of Sikhism.” Please respond to the following:

Identify the 5 Ks of Sikhism, and explain which one intrigues you the most.
In Guru Arjun Dev’s Devotion (p. 436) it reads, “patiently accepting the reality that everything is under God’s control…” Agree? Disagree? Why?
Women today may have problems with the requirements of Sikhism. Read Sheena Kandhari’s story (p. 451). How does she cope?
What do you make of a scripture being called “guru”?
What problems might Sikhs face in America?

New Religious Movements

After looking over the sources in the Instructor’s Insights (Site the sources you use) and the textbook, answer 1 of the following:

New Religious Movements are just old religions with a new twist. True or False? Explain why.
New Religious Movements are a “buffet religion.” You get in the religion line and get a scoop of this and a dab of that. True or False? Explain your answer.
Do New Religious Movements demonstrate that religion is evolving or devolving? Explain.
New Religious Movements adherents are just a bunch of self-centered, dissatisfied spiritual quacks. True or False? Explain.


FINAL PAPER: World View Chart Writing Assignment

This assignment uses the information you have gathered for your weekly World View Chart Assignments.

Choose ONE (1) category (origin of all things, nature of god, view of human nature, view of good and evil, etc.) from the chart to focus on for this assignment. Consider how the selected category relates to all of the religions covered and to your own social or work experiences.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

Select ONE (1) category from the completed World View Chart. Provide a rationale for choosing this category. What is compelling about this category? Why is it important in the study of religion?
Describe the selected content and explain the significance of the selected category across all of the religions studied. Show in what ways the category is significant for each religion.
Give an example of how you have noticed this category in your life, town or country. What impact does this category have in the everyday lives of people who practice religion in your area? (You do not have to give examples of all the religions in your area, just one you have noticed besides any you practice). For example, in Cincinnati, Ohio we have Hindu, Greek Orthodox, Catholic festivals in the summer. So if my category were “Festivals and Celebrations” I could use those events as my example.
Use at least three (3) quality resources as references for the assignment and document your sources using APA Style for in-text citations and references. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
Write clearly and coherently using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.

Your assignment must:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Analyze what is meant by religion.
Analyze the similarities and differences in the primary beliefs held by major religious traditions and the cultures in which these religions evolved.
Describe the varieties of religious experience and practice in a wide range of cultures.
Recognize how daily life within various religions and current affairs are influenced by religion.
Develop written pieces that demonstrate an analysis of a topic relevant to the course.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in religion.
Write clearly and concisely about world religions using proper writing mechanics.

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