ESSAY #2 (1,500 word min.) – Using Chapter One of the textbook and other sources: ? Physically (in person) and within the same date range as this course and were other physical human beings are present, attend a religious service. (If you regularly attend a religious service, attend one that you are not familiar with; for example, if you attend a Christian religious service, attend a Hindu or other religious service. If you are in an area where there are only Christian religious services, attend the service of a different Christian group (denomination); for example, if you would usually attend a Lutheran group, attend a Pentecostal or other Christian gathering.) ? Tell about your experience how was it similar to what you expected? How was it different than what you expected? ? Discuss the definition of religion. Use the textbook to discuss a definition of religion. Which one of the many definitions do you identify with and why? Why do you define it the way you do, provide cited support from your heritage (i.e. catechism,bookofdisciple, rule/belief book or sacred text). ? Talk to family members about your heritage, find out why your family practiced or didnt practice a religion. (The religion in question should be a religion defined by the textbook. For example, Pastafarianism is not a real religion, but a literary work of satire.) ? Incorporate into the essay the Dimensions of Religion from the textbook. ? Expound upon how you practice some of the Dimensions of religion in your daily life, in your lifes journey and/or in the official religion you practice. ? How does what you practice differ from what you think other religions practice. (For example if the only religious thing you do is brush your teeth, then how does your practice of hygiene compare and contrast with an organized/recognized religions teaching on hygiene?) If you are of the mind that you do not practice a religion or any aspects of any kind of religion after reading the textbook please – RE-READ the text! A person can be religious about a cause. A person can do something religiously. The text is clear that a person does not have to believe in a God, gods or a higher power or other worldlybeing in order to be a person who adheres to a religion or aspects of a religion. If you follow the laws and customs of a culture, you might discover that you are religious. If you follow a moral and ethical code of some sort, you might discover that you practice a religion or part(s) of a religion. The invisible drive that guides each of us in our everyday beliefs and actions is formed somehow and lived out by us somehow. It becomes our religion. As we communicate with others we discover that we and others have some things in common. This is the communal aspect of religion. It is being debated in the scholarly literature in our very time that Atheism might be considered a religion. Please Note: Neither the course nor the professorareproposing to prove or disprove the existence of God (god), Gods (gods), or an other. Page 15 of 24 The course and the professor seek to present religion(s) as they have and do exist in our world in a general manner. The topic of atheism within this course is defined by the textbook. Neither the course nor the professor understands this medium as a venue to convert or proselytize any student toward a specific religious tradition or to adhere to a non-religious tradition. The Course and the professor seek to present information as outlined in the textbook for the purposes of learning. If someone is emphatically passionate in his/her dislike for religion, they are not necessarily atheist. It is possible to be a human being with a negative and/or violent and/or sarcastic/narcissistic disposition and be a theist or an atheist. If you think you are a person who is passionate in your dislike for religion or a certain religion, you should consider dropping the course until such time that you are able to engage the topic of religion within an educational & intellectual setting. It is imperative to have the presence of mind that allows one to be open to understanding otherview points. Understanding other viewpoints does not mean accepting them as your own; it simply means being able to say, I understand your point of view. Understanding also infers a degree of relationship. While we may disagree as humans from time to time, we must learn the virtues of civility and respect. IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! ? PLEASE submit essay #1 with your opinions only.Yesyou will have to use citations if you cite information other than your opinion. ? PLEASE use critical thinking for all essays ? Essays turned in that are nothing but streams of consciousness (ramblings) will not be graded. The essay assignments require you to go to the source! If you speak about Christianity according to United Methodists, then find a copy of the United Methodist Book of Discipline. If you are talking about Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church, then go to their source document. If you are looking into Bahai or Sunni Islam, then go to the source documents. DO NOT make statements about religions you are not able to document with a solid source. Note: That’s the question and I would like to discuss abouta Christianservice I’ve attended. Thank you for your support. Oops! We’re using Robert E. Van Voorst, world religion 2nd edition, please.
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