REL212 World View Chart Ch.7 Assignments Shinto & Zoroastrianism

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A world view is a fundamental or basic orientation of thinking – like a mindset – which guides a culture and / or a person’s life. Like a point of view, it can be built of concepts, ideas, values, emotions, and ethics. "Weltanschauung" is the German word for this idea. Your goal for this course is to understand the world views of these various religions. In order to prepare you for your final assignment, you will outline the world views of various religions in the chart below, adding to it each week.

For this assignment, students will complete the weekly area of the chart, filling in the aspects of each religion as it is presented in the readings and resources. This chart, when complete, will be the starting point for the written assignment, due in Week 10.

For each weekly submission:

  1. Review the weekly lectures and supplemental materials provided, then complete the chart by elaborating on each section related to the weekly content.
  2. Identify key details and examples from the weekly resources to serve as a basis for the content being recorded in your chart.
  3. Write clearly and coherently using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.

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.
  • 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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REL212 WORLD VIEW CHART This chart contains all the research you need to write the final paper for this course. If you do the research and reading on the religion(s) we study each week, and if you give yourself a good guide to the religions using this chart, you will have a good foundation for that final paper. The more information you provide for yourself with this chart, the easier it will be to write your final paper. Do not forget to provide adequate material for any in-text citations and be sure to include a reference page as well. On the left hand side of the chart are the categories and the content to be discussed. Complete and submit the following chart. Provide citations for any source(s) you used to explain or provide examples for in your research. List in APA Style full references for any in-text citations and source(s) made in the above chart. Use full sentences and correct grammar, etc.. Student Name: RELIGION(S) OF THE WEEK • • Provide your response in this column. State the name of the Religion being addressed in this chart. Please address ONLY ONE (1) religion per chart. If there is more than one religion for the week, do two charts. ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS Provide your response in this column. Every religion has a cosmology/cosmogony to explain its view of the universe and the place of humans in it. Explain the cosmology/cosmogony for this week’s religion. Explain how it is manifested in the subsequent worldview that develops for that religion. NATURE OF GOD/CREATOR Provide your response in this column. In what way does this religion have a God or gods? How does this worship of deity/deities reflect the cosmology of the religion? If the religion has no God/gods, in what way does this absence reflect their cosmology? VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE • State how this religion views human beings. What is human nature Provide your response in this column. • according to this religion? Why does the view of human nature matter? If you cannot identify how this religion defines human beings, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn't. VIEW OF GOOD & EVIL • • State how this religion defines the concept of good and evil. How does this definition or understanding impact the way adherents to the religion live their daily lives? VIEW OF SALVATION • Provide your response in this column. What does this religion teach about “what comes next” after all is said and done? In what do adherents of this religion place their hope for any future life or existence? Describe the impact this belief or non-belief impacts the person daily life and the structures of society. With such a view of the after-life, what type of societal structures or institutions would we expect to develop in the culture? PRACTICES AND RITUALS • • Provide your response in this column. All religions suggest that human beings are faced with a “problem” that needs to be overcome. What is the “problem” this religion identifies? Is this problem intrinsic or extrinsic for the person? Is it individually manifested or is it a collective problem? VIEW OF AFTERLIFE • Provide your response in this column. Provide your response in this column. How do members of this religion “practice” their “faith?” What ceremonies, or rituals, do they use to help pass this religion on to the next generation? If you cannot identify how this religion is practiced, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn't have any rituals or practices. CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS Provide your response in this column. • Identify one or two celebrations and/or festivals that members of this religion use to express their beliefs in public, or in private. Why do religions develop celebrations and/or festivals? How are these different from practices and rituals? ...
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