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REL 134 ENTIRE COURSE
REL 134 Week 1 Studying Religion Assignment Options
 

This assignment offers you the opportunity to articulate a definition of religion and identify key issues.

Review the instructions in the University of Phoenix Material: Studying Religion Assignment Options.

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

Studying Religion Assignment Options

 

Select one of the two options for your assignment.

 

 

Option A: Written Summary
 

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following topics:

 

 

 

 

What is essential (in the practices and beliefs) for a tradition to be called a religion?
 

 

Illustrate your points by referring to the commonalities of the three Western religions including a common western religious ethos.
 

 

How do different fields of study approach religion?
 

 

What are some critical issues in the academic study of religion?
 

 

 

Include specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week 1 readings, 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 assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

Option B: Microsoft? PowerPoint? Presentation
 

Prepare a 10- to 15-Microsoft? PowerPoint? that addresses the following topics:

 

 

 

 

What is essential (in the practices and beliefs) for a tradition to be called a religion?
 

 

Illustrate your points by referring to the commonalities of the three Western religions including a common western religious ethos.
 

 

How do different fields of study approach religion?
 

 

What are some critical issues in the academic study of religion?
 

 

 

Include specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week 1 readings, 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.

Use bullet points and images or graphics to illustrate your main points.

Use the speaker notes to further explain, using sentences.

 

 

 

 

For Local Campus students, these are 10- to 15-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft?PowerPoint?
 

 

For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft?PowerPoint? presentations with notes.
 

 

 

Cite your references.

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 1 Knowledge Check
 

 

Concept: PATTERNS AMONG RELIGIONS
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The Sacred
 

 

Speculations on the Sources of Religion
 

 

Second Pattern: Focus of Beliefs and Practices
 

 

1.

The prophetic orientation in religion emphasizes

 

 

ceremonies.

 

 

feelings of oneness with the universe.

 

 

traditions.

 

 

beliefs and moral codes.

2.

A mystical orientation in religion is characterized by

 

 

an emphasis on mysterious happenings.

 

 

the seeking of a union with something greater than oneself.

 

 

the extensive use of holy water and statues.

 

 

a belief in alien origins of life forms.

3.

A sacramental orientation in religion is characterized by

 

 

daily prayer.

 

 

the use of silent meditation.

 

 

the extensive use of bells and powders.

 

 

a belief that certain rituals and ceremonies help one achieve salvation.

4.

Pantheism is the belief

 

 

that all reality is divine.

 

 

in the ancient Greek religion that believed the god Pan was the source of cosmic order.

 

 

in endless reincarnation.

 

 

in a timeless realm of happiness at the top of the universe.

5.

Among many reasons for the existence of religions, religions exist to help people

 

 

deal with the certainty of death.

 

 

find ways to express themselves in art.

 

 

select careers that are socially redeeming.

 

 

have valuable texts to study.

 

Concept: INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  6 

˙  7

˙  8
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The Modern Recovery of Indigenous Religions
 

 

Past Obstacles to the Appreciation of Indigenous Religions
 

 

6.

Which of the following has been of special value in the new appreciation for and understanding of indigenous religions?

 

 

the study of newly discovered sacred texts

 

 

the use of electricity and battery power

 

 

the ready availability of cameras and recorders

 

 

the worldwide spread of television

7.

The teachings of indigenous religions are typically conveyed by all of the following except

 

 

sand paintings.

 

 

sacred scripture.

 

 

masks and dance.

 

 

memorized chants.

8.

In a holistic culture,

 

 

written manuscripts have a special place.

 

 

children play a prominent role in ritual.

 

 

religions express truths through symbolism.

 

 

virtually every object and act may have religious meaning.

 

Concept: RELIGIOUS DEFINITIONS
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  9
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The Sacred
 

 

9.

In religious studies, the word myth means

 

 

a story that is historically true.

 

 

a story that is historically untrue.

 

 

a story that is psychologically meaningful and may be either historically true or not.

 

 

a story that is found in similar form in many religions.

 

Concept: STUDYING RELIGION
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  10
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Speculations on the Sources of Religion
 

 

10.

The early anthropologist who saw religion as rooted in a belief in spirits and the worship of them was

 

 

 

 

 

B. Tylor.
 

 

 

 

James Frazer.

 

 

Sigmund Freud.

 

 

Carl Jung.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 2 History of Judaism
 

This assignment allows you to learn more about one key person in Jewish history and to relate that person to any specific rituals in Judaism today. In doing so, you will also learn how your chosen individual fits into the larger history of the religion.

Part 1

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Common Holy Days in Jewish Religious Traditions Worksheet to help you as you reflect on Part 2 of this assignment.

Part 2

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that includes the following:

 

 

 

A summary of the life and importance of one key person in Jewish history
 

 

An explanation of one key event in the history of Judaism that is connected to that person
 

 

A description of any rituals, symbols, or sacred texts in Judaism associated with this event or person
 

 

Brief explanation of Jewish ethics
 

 

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 2 Knowledge Check
 

1.

The Jewish view of God is best expressed as

 

 

God is an impersonal force.

 

 

God is creator and judge.

 

 

God is the pattern of nature.

 

 

God created the world but does not interfere in it.

2.

The Jewish Day of Atonement, the most sacred day of the Jewish year, is

 

 

Rosh Hashanah.

 

 

Hanukkah.

 

 

Passover.

 

 

Yom Kippur.

3.

The Jewish Sabbath is kept from

 

 

sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.

 

 

sunrise Saturday to sunrise Sunday.

 

 

sunrise Saturday to sundown Sunday.

 

 

sunrise Sunday to sunrise Monday.

 

Concept: HISTORY OF JUDAISM
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  4 

˙  5
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The World of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs
 

 

4.

Judaism traces itself back to what legendary patriarch who is written about in the book of Genesis?

 

 

Moses

 

 

David

 

 

Abraham

 

 

Nehemiah

5.

?Covenant? means

 

 

restoration.

 

 

overthrow.

 

 

vision.

 

 

contract.

 

Concept: HEBREW SCRIPTURES
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  6 

˙  7

˙  8

˙  9
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

In the Beginning: Stories of Origins
 

 

Moses and the Law
 

 

The Hebrew Bible
 

 

6.

The biblical book that describes the origins of the human race is

 

 

Proverbs.

 

 

Genesis.

 

 

Isaiah.

 

 

Psalms.

7.

The three categories of the Hebrew Bible are

 

 

Torah, Prophets, and Proverbs.

 

 

Psalms, Chronicles, and Proverbs.

 

 

History, Prophets, and Psalms.

 

 

Torah, Prophets, and Writings.

8.

According to the Book of Exodus, what disaster was the last to strike the Egyptians?

 

 

plague of frogs

 

 

hail

 

 

darkness

 

 

death of firstborn male children

9.

Another name for the Torah is

 

 

Nevi?im.

 

 

Tanakh.

 

 

Pentateuch.

 

 

Ketuvim.

 

Concept: MAJOR SECTS OF JUDAISM
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  10
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Observance-Based Divisions
 

 

10.

Contemporary Judaism has split into four parts. The part which encourages non-literal, individual interpretation of traditional beliefs is called

 

 

Reform Judaism.

 

 

Reconstructionist Judaism.

 

 

Orthodox Judaism.

 

 

Conservative Judaism.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 3 Christianity Presentation
 

This assignment offers you the opportunity to compare two branches of Christianity.

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft? PowerPoint? presentation comparing two of the following:

 

 

 

Catholic
 

 

Orthodox
 

 

Protestant
 

 

Pentecostal
 

 

Nontraditional/Alternative
 

 

Include a brief history of the two traditions and a comparison of their approach to the Bible, art, specific symbols, and rituals, as well as core beliefs, and ethics. You might consider visiting in person or exploring one of these churches online to add your own experiences.

Present your Christianity presentation.

 

 

 

For Local Campus students, these are 15- to 20-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft? PowerPoint? presentations.
 

 

For Online students, these are Microsoft? PowerPoint? presentations with notes.
 

 

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 3 Knowledge Check
 

1.

In Jesus? time, what power controlled Israel?

 

 

Greece

 

 

Egypt

 

 

Persia

 

 

Rome

2.

The Protestant Reformation was started by

 

 

John Calvin.

 

 

Martin Luther.

 

 

John Wesley.

 

 

Meister Eckhart.

 

Concept: CHRISTIAN BIBLE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  3
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The New Testament: Its Structure and Artistry
 

 

3.

Which of these books is found in the New Testament?

 

 

Genesis

 

 

Samuel

 

 

Psalms

 

 

Hebrews

 

Concept: CHRISTIAN PRACTICE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  4 

˙  5

˙  6

˙  7

˙  8
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The Life and Teachings of Jesus
 

 

Sacraments and Other Rituals
 

 

Devotion to Mary
 

 

The Two Great Commandments
 

 

4.

Perhaps the most important ritual of Christianity is a sign of entry into the church, or

 

 

baptism.

 

 

anointing.

 

 

ordination.

 

 

infallibility.

5.

Easter, as a celebration of the resurrection, is associated with the color

 

 

red.

 

 

green.

 

 

violet.

 

 

white.

6.

The major Christian rituals, such as baptism and Eucharist, are often called

 

 

confessionals.

 

 

rosaries.

 

 

indulgences.

 

 

sacraments.

7.

The view that the end of the world is near is called

 

 

messianism.

 

 

apocalypticism.

 

 

adoptionism.

 

 

monophysitism.

8.

Literally, ?gospel? means

 

 

preparation.

 

 

repentance.

 

 

contract.

 

 

good news.

 

Concept: COMPARING PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  9 

˙  10
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Eastern Orthodox Beliefs
 

 

The Eastern Orthodox Church
 

 

9.

In 1054, what happened between the Eastern and Western Church?

 

 

They compiled a Bible on which all Christians could agree.

 

 

Their leaders differed on the official date of Easter.

 

 

Their leaders excommunicated one other.

 

 

They moved the capital of the empire to Constantinople.

10.

?Orthodox? literally means

 

 

guided tradition.

 

 

correct belief.

 

 

one nature.

 

 

eastern side.

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

REL 134 Week 4 Understanding Islam
 

This week, you have the opportunity to provide a summary of what you have learned about Islam. You will explore differences between various groups within Islam and understand current practices today.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word summary that includes the following:

 

 

 

Brief summary of the history of Islam
 

 

Explain the importance of these elements for Muslims:
 

 

Qur?an
 

 

Five Pillars
 

 

Ramadan
 

 

General Islamic Ethics
 

 

Describe significant differences and similarities in how the branches of Islam (Sunni, Shiite, and Sufi) practice their traditions.
 

 

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 4 Knowledge Check
 

1.

Islam particularly stresses

 

 

oneness of God.

 

 

having only one wife.

 

 

pilgrimage to Jerusalem once in a lifetime.

 

 

prayer twice each day.

2.

Islam literally means

 

 

submission.

 

 

tradition.

 

 

purity.

 

 

devotion.

3.

Observant Muslims do not allow

 

 

interracial marriage.

 

 

alcohol.

 

 

pilgrimage.

 

 

divorce.

4.

Muslims trace themselves back ultimately to what great patriarch?

 

 

Paul

 

 

Abraham

 

 

Moses

 

 

Isaac

5.

A remembrance of what Muhammad said or did is called

 

 

caliph.

 

 

hadith.

 

 

Shia.

 

 

Hajj.

6.

Regarding the afterlife, Muslims believe

 

 

in reincarnation until one reaches perfection.

 

 

in heaven and hell.

 

 

the soul ascends to the top of the universe.

 

 

the individual dissolves into the divine essence.

 

Concept: HISTORY OF ISLAM
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  7 

˙  8
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Expansion and Consolidation
 

 

The Life and Teachings of Muhammad
 

 

7.

Muhammad was born and raised in

 

 

Marrakesh.

 

 

Medina.

 

 

Mysore.

 

 

Mecca.

8.

Which country had a large Muslim population for almost 800 years?

 

 

Italy

 

 

Kenya

 

 

Poland

 

 

Spain

 

Concept: THE FIVE PILLARS AND RAMADAN
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  9 

˙  10
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

The Five Pillars of Islam
 

 

9.

The Islamic month of fasting is called

 

 

Lent.

 

 

Hajj.

 

 

Ramadan.

 

 

Nisan.

10.

The chanter who calls people to prayer is called

 

 

muezzin.

 

 

salat.

 

 

qiblah.

 

 

sawm.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 5 Modern Challenges
 

During Weeks 2 to 4, you had the opportunity to look at the history and beliefs of the three traditions. Now you have the chance to summarize the common elements and examine contemporary issues.

Choose one of the religions discussed in this course. (Judaism, Christianity or Islam)

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word summary that addresses the following questions:

 

 

 

What are common characteristics, including ethics, the assigned religion shares with the others?
 

 

How is this religion responding to challenges in the modern world?
 

 

What has changed about the roles of women in the religion over time?
 

 

Cite at least one reference in addition to Experiencing the World?s Religion.

Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 
 

 

 

REL 134 Week 5 Knowledge Check
 

1.

The founder of which of these Christian denominations was female?

 

 

Christian Science and the Foursquare Gospel Church

 

 

Unitarianism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

 

Unity and Scientology

 

 

Quaker (Society of Friends) and Unification Church

 

Concept: ALTERNATIVE PATHS
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  2 

˙  3

˙  4

˙  5

˙  6
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Contemporary Paganism: Wicca and Druidism
 

 

Scientology
 

 

Theosophy
 

 

Rastafarianism
 

 

Baha?I
 

 

2.

One sign of a religious cult is that the movement

 

 

performs no social services for the larger society.

 

 

has a belief system that is syncretic.

 

 

takes all its rules from a book that is considered authoritative.

 

 

strictly regulates contact between its members and nonmembers.

3.

The word pagan comes from pagus, a Latin word that means

 

 

nature.

 

 

unbeliever.

 

 

circle.

 

 

countryside.

4.

Literally, Theosophy means

 

 

deep insight.

 

 

internal theory.

 

 

eternal philosophy.

 

 

divine wisdom.

5.

Baha?i emerged from

 

 

Christianity.

 

 

Judaism.

 

 

Islam.

 

 

Zoroastrianism.

6.

In Scientology, the state of full mental liberation is called

 

 

infinite.

 

 

open.

 

 

moksha.

 

 

clear.

 

Concept: SECULARISM
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  7 

˙  8

˙  9
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Secularism
 

 

7.

The desire for a separation of church and state came about as the result of

 

 

religious wars in Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

 

 

greater travel as a result of mapmaking.

 

 

contact between Europe and non-Western cultures.

 

 

the thought of Chinese and Japanese philosophers.

8.

The view of religion as an outdated method for providing solutions to life?s problems was espoused by

 

 

technologism.

 

 

consumerism.

 

 

nationalism.

 

 

Communism.

9.

Living and thinking without reference to a religion is called

 

 

rationalism.

 

 

transcendentalism.

 

 

ecotourism.

 

 

secularism.

 

Concept: CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastery
100%
Questions
˙  10 

˙  11
 

 

Materials on the concept
 

 

 

 

Eclectic Spirituality
 

 

The Recurring Challenges of Change
 

 

10.

The Catholic Church has worked to accommodate itself to the modern world, as shown by

 

 

the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

 

 

the Council of Trent.

 

 

the refusal to ordain women as priests.

 

 

the continued use of traditional clothing.

11.

It is possible to see in the comic-book figure of Superman an underlying

 

 

pessimism.

 

 

cynicism.

 

 

messianism.

 

 

multiculturalism.
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