to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then
respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a
total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words,
for a total of 900 words total.
& Beliefs (Chapter 8, pp. 235-274)
Practices (Chapter 8, pp. 275-294)
& Beliefs (Chapter 9, pp. 296-346)
Practices (Chapter 9, pp. 347-375)
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does it mean to be Jewish today? Select two of the major branches of
this faith—Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist—and
answer this question by comparing and contrasting the perspectives
of these groups.
was the role of the Temple for ancient Judaism? What role has it
played in Jewish memory since the destruction of the Second Temple?
relationship does the nation of Israel have to Jewish identity and
questions about the nature of God have arisen in response to the
Holocaust? What kinds of answers have been proposed?
the issues which led to the split between the Roman Catholic Church
and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
controversial Catholic figure, Alfred Loisy (1857-1940), is quoted
as saying, “Jesus preached the kingdom of God, but we wound up
with the Church.” What do you think he meant by this, and how
might this saying apply today?
explain the development of the Protestant Reformation, highlighting
the most important issues raised in this movement.
and contrast the views of a fundamentalist vs. a social gospel
approach to Christianity.