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1. FINAL PAPER: World View Chart Writing Assignment

Due Week 10 and worth 235 points

This assignment uses the information you have gathered for your weekly World View Chart Assignments.

Choose ONE (1) category (origin of all things, nature of god, view of human nature, view of good and evil, etc.) from the chart to focus on for this assignment. Consider how the selected category relates to all of the religions covered and to your own social or work experiences.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

1. Select ONE (1) category from the completed World View Chart. Provide a rationale for choosing this category. What is compelling about this category? Why is it important in the study of religion?

2. Describe the selected content and explain the significance of the selected category across all of the religions studied. Show in what ways the category is significant for each religion.

3. Give an example of how you have noticed this category in your life, town or country. What impact does this category have in the everyday lives of people who practice religion in your area? (You do not have to give examples of all the religions in your area, just one you have noticed besides any you practice). For example, in Cincinnati, Ohio we have Hindu, Greek Orthodox, Catholic festivals in the summer. So if my category were “Festivals and Celebrations” I could use those events as my example.

4. Use at least three (3) quality resources as references for the assignment and document your sources using APA Style for in-text citations and references. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

5. Write clearly and coherently using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.

Your assignment must:

· Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

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.

· Develop written pieces that demonstrate an analysis of a topic relevant to the course.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in religion.

· Write clearly and concisely about world religions using proper writing mechanics.

Chart Below

Religion Cosmogony – Origin of the Universe Nature of God/Creator View of Human Nature View of Good and Evil View of “Salvation” View of After Life Practices and Rituals Celebrations and Festivals
Week 2

Hinduism and Jainism

In this religion, there are multiple creation stories; one is that which posits that god sacrificed Purusha by cutting his body into two and made the human world as well as the universe out of the two divided body parts. Another Hindu creation story is the well-known Hyndu Trinity! This story explains that there were three beings in the beginning, “Rahman, Vishnu and Shiva. The three beings created the universe by way of lotus that they broke into three parts representing the earth, heaven and the sky and then populated the earth with all kinds of living creatures. Rahma, the creator, is believed to create and destroy the universe over and over again. He is the sustainer of everything in it also. It is believed that a person takes three paths, karma marga, the path of action, jnana marga, and the path of knowledge and Bhakti marga which represents the path of devotion. Based on the concept of karma, good and evil are determined by motives of actions and their consequences. Salvation for Hindus is when a human being has been freed from the daunting cycle of life and death. This salvation is called Moksha. Basically, there are four ways to Moksha; the way of actions, knowledge, devotion and the royal road. As one dies, they transits from one life to another. However, the rebirth is dependent on one’s karma throughout their entire life. If positive karma outweighs the negative ones, then, they’re likely to have a positive rebirth. Most rituals practiced by the Hindu take place in the temples. Such practices are in worship of the gods and goddesses. The three major Hindu festivals are Holi, Diwali and Mahashivaratri. Holi is celebrated after the full moon of the Phalguna month. Diwali lasting about 5 days is held at the last day of the Vikran calendar. Mahashivarati is held on the 14th day of lunar month of the Phaguna.
Wk 2 sources Fontana, D. (2003). Psychology, religion, and spirituality. Wiley-Blackwell. text Text Text Text Text Text Bowker, J. (2006). World religions. Dk Pub.