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QuestionRELI448 Week 1 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchClose Encounters of the Religious Kind (graded)Have you ever had an experience that you could properly describe as religious? I have in mind not only dramatic experiences like visions and conversions, but also more commonplace, socially-embedded experiences such as receiving communion, becoming bar mitzvah, serving as a godparent for a young relative, or even simply attending religious services. Think about that experience and ask yourself: Did it put you in touch with the infinite? How would you describe the experience? Was it transcendent? Monotheistic? Elaborate.
RELI448 Week 2 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchDialogue with Hinduism (graded)This week we begin our study of the great religions of the world with Hinduism. We will examine its history, conceptions of world and deity, religious practice, and way of salvation. I encourage you to engage in a creative dialogue with Hinduism, broaden your understanding, examine similarities and differences with your religious tradition, participate in a respectful discussion with your classmates, and make practical applications to your faith, life and career.
RELI448 Week 3 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchDialogue with Buddhism (graded)This week we will be exploring Buddhism. Let us begin our study by examining the life of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha. What key events shaped his life? What are the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path? Why is Buddhism appealing to the Western Mind?
RELI448 Week 4 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchConfucius Says… (graded)Confucius was once asked if there was one rule that could serve as the guide to one’s whole life. He replied: “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” How does this rule compare with Jesus’ teaching on the Golden Rule? Look at these Biblical verses to see if you can tell the difference: Matthew 7:12; Matthew 5:21-26, 43-48 (see the Webliography for an online Bible). Is there one rule that you live by?
RELI448 Week 5 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchProlegomenon-Things That Must be Said Before (graded)Prolegomenon-Things That Must be Said Before
This week we begin our study of the Western Religions of Judaism and Christianity. For many members of this class, this will involve an examination of your religious tradition. Before embarking on this journey, it is good to look at what we are bringing with us. As noted in week 1, religions are lived and dynamic realities. If you are part of any religious tradition, you have inherited beliefs and values from it. Your understanding of its origins and practices have been molded by it. You see the divine through the lenses it has created. Understanding your “lenses” is essential when studying a religious tradition. You will read and interpret scared texts through these lenses and your experience of the divine will be shaped by them.
A prolegomenon, or prefatory remarks, is one way to understand how you are approaching the study of your religious tradition. These remarks are “Things That Must be Said Before”, a critical introduction to your study. They will identify the “presuppositions” underlying the study. Presuppositions are things assumed beforehand or taken for granted.
For your first post, I would like you to write your “Prolegomenon”. What are your underlying presuppositions guiding your study of Judaism and Christianity? Here are some presuppositions you can address:
1.Revelation-Has God been revealed to humankind in the Jewish and Christian Traditions? Is this revelation confined to the historical periods of the Bible or is it continuing? Is there a revelation of God outside of the Jewish and Christian traditions?
2.Holy Scripture-Is the Bible an authoritative record of the revelation of God?
3. Divine Nature-What is God like?
4.Salvation-What is the way of salvation?
5. The People of God-Who are the people of God?
6. Religious Experience-How is God experienced?
7. Human Nature-Is human nature good or evil?
8. Creation-How was the world created? Does it have an end?
9. Life-How is humankind to live?
10. Death-What happens after death?
You do not have to address all presuppositions in one post! I look forward to your insights!
RELI448 Week 6 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchFaith Seeking Understanding (graded)This past week several members of class mentioned how their study of the world’s religions has caused them to reflect upon the uniqueness of their faith and the understandings (beliefs) on which it is built and they have been taught. After all, our journey through the world religions has confronted us with profound similarities in origins, rituals, ethics, communities, scriptures, and belief systems. These similarities challenge the exclusivity often found in a religious tradition, and passed down from generation to generation without critical examination. For those of the Christian Faith, this week provides an opportunity to examine Christianity, and integrate knowledge received during this course into your faith.
“Cognitive dissonance” happens when our existing beliefs do not align with our current knowledge. This dissonance motivates us to change. Think of your belief system as a beautiful symphony you enjoy and appreciate. Suddenly, during the symphony, you hear a chord that is not in harmony. It is not in its place. It has never been there before. Its presence is disturbing. It must be resolved.
You have several options:
1) Ignore the chord. Although you know it is there, the rest of the symphony is still beautiful. Ignoring the chord allows you to continue to enjoy your symphony.
2) Find a new symphony. You can search and find another symphony with harmony. As a new symphony, you will not know if any of the chords are out of harmony, at least not for a while.
3) Change your symphony. This involves seeking the source of the errant chord, understanding it, and creating a new chord to replace it.
Applying this analogy to religion is done at our own peril. It is very simplistic, but it can be heuristic and guide us to new understandings.
Our study of the world’s religions has shown us that dynamic religious experience is the fountain head of new religions. They come into existence as beautiful symphonies answering the eternal questions asked by humankind, teaching the way of salvation, and facilitating an encounter with the divine. However, overtime, the religious experiences of the founders are forgotten or reinterpreted. Orthodoxy arises which seeks to teach religious truth which was once experienced. Cultures change and new questions arise that are difficult if not impossible for the religious tradition to answer. The once beautiful symphony of belief now has disharmonious chords that create cognitive dissonance in the faithful.
The faithful have 3 options:
1) They can ignore the lack of harmony and continue in their faith. It is familiar and change is difficult.
2) They can find a new symphony. The faithful can change denominations, religions, create new religions, or abandon religion altogether.
3) They can change their belief system. New knowledge is incorporated into the faith without changing its substance. They embrace the reality of their faith and seek new understandings.
The third option is what happened during Vatican Council II. In 1962 Pope John XXIII convened the council to “update” the church’s faith, to give it a new expression in the modern world. After 3 years of deliberations the Catholic Church had a “new face”. There was a dramatic shift from condemning other religions, to an understanding that all religions shared a common belief in God (Pope, 2012, para. 13).
Throughout this week, I hope everyone reaffirms their faith while seeking understanding. I will be posting several times on “Faith Seeking Understanding”. I look forward to our discussion!
Pope,John. 2012. Vatican II changed the Catholic Church and the world. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/11/vatican-ii-catholic-church-changes_n_1956641.html
RELI448 Week 7 Discussion Latest 2017 MarchFinal Exam Preparation and Class Reflections (graded)Class,
Welcome to the week 7 discussion board! This week we will be preparing for the Final Exam and reflecting on the Comparative Religion class experience.
Remember to make all 6 of your discussion posts to earn full credit.
Also, write your class reflection in Word, save it, and post it to your course evaluation.
This class has been an awesome experience for your Professor. I enjoyed sharing a journey through the World’s Religions with you, sharing experiences, and learning about your beliefs and traditions. I hope you have enjoyed this course and trust it will benefit you personally and professionally.
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