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REL 134 Week 1 Individual Assignment Elements of Religious Traditions Paper

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

Explains how religious traditions describe and encourage the following relationships:

Relationship with the divine
Relationship with sacred time
Relationship with sacred space or the natural world
Relationship with each other

Identifies key critical issues in the study of religion.

Includes specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week One 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 paper consistent with APA guidelines.


REL 134 Week 1 DQS

DQ 1

How do religious traditions view the world and humanity’s place in it? How do religious traditions respond to issues of gender?


DQ 2

2) Why should we study religions? What are some of the methods used to study religions? What are some of the problems and questions sometimes associated with them?


REL 134 Week 2 Individual Assignment Jewish Holy Days Paper

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper describing one of the following Jewish holy days:

Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Sukkot
Hanukkah
Purim
Passover
Shavuot

Include in your description:

The time of the year of the holy day(s)
The historical origin of the holy day(s)
The religious practices associated with the day(s)
Theological or cultural differences that might lead to differences in the observance of the holy day by the various branches of Judaism

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


REL 134 Week 2 DQS

DQ 1

Describe the major branches of Judaism and discuss their contributions to the world around them.


DQ 2

What influence has Judaism had on the Western world? Provide examples of this influence


REL 134 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Christianity and the Arts Presentation


Choose an example of Christian art, music, or architecture from each of the following:

Eastern icons
Western Medieval
Renaissance
Modern

Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which you explain how the chosen works illustrate the following:

Basic Christian beliefs that emerged in the early church
Historical development of the three major traditions
Contrasts among the Christian traditions
Pluralistic nature of contemporary Christianity

Format citations and references consistent with APA guidelines.
Present the Christianity and the Arts Presentation.
For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with notes.


REL 134 Week 3 DQS

DQ 1

What beliefs about Jesus, God, and salvation emerged in the first few centuries?


DQ 2

What causes led to the Reformation of the 16th Century? What were the effects of the Reformation?


REL 134 Week 4 Individual Assignment: Islam Worksheet

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Islam Worksheet available on the student website.


REL 134 Week 4 DQS

DQ 1

What are the Islamic understandings of the Judaic and Christian traditions?


DQ 2

Islam means, at its root, "surrender". How does Islamic belief and practice reflect the importance of surrendering to Allah?


REL 134 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Islam Paper and Presentation

Resources: Understanding Religious Beliefs and Traditions II simulation

Choose one of the Western religious traditions discussed in the course.

Write a 2,100- to 2,450-word paper about the contemporary issues facing the Western religious traditions studied in this course. The paper should discuss the following:

Historical connections and theological similarities with the other two religions—this section is limited to 350 to 700 words
Contemporary struggles within the religion and with the other two religions

Cite at least five references in addition to the textbook.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepare a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation on contemporary struggles within the chosen religion and with the other two religions. Do not include the historical connections and theological similarities.

Format citations and references consistent with APA guidelines.

Present the Contemporary Issues in Western Religions Presentation.
For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with notes.


REL 134 Week 5 DQS

DQ 1

 What threats do the Western religious traditions face in a more secular world? How are they coping with these threats?


DQ 2

 What struggles are the Western religious traditions experiencing within their own traditions? How are they coping with these struggles?

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