Please write 1-2 paragraphs per week.
Both religious traditions originating in the Indian subcontinent presented
in Chapters 3 and 4 of the textbook draw upon common core religious beliefs,
yet they also reveal significant differences. Eastern religious traditions
draw upon a typical eastern epistemology that recognizes the integration and
interrelationships among all things, particularly all living things.
1) What are the Vedas and what is the notion of shruti texts? How does
this notion of shruti texts compare with the notion of sacred Scripture
among adherents of the western religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity
2) What is the notion of karma as it is understood in Hinduism and Jainism?
How does karma relate to the concepts of samsara and moksha?
3) What is the caste system in India? How does the caste system differ
from social stratification in many western societies including the US? What
are the religious implications of stratification?
4) What did Mahavira experience during his twelve years of meditation and
pursuit of heightened spiritual awareness? What relationship can you
suggest between fasting, mortification of the flesh, physical pain and
suffering and the achievement of liberation and â€œperfection?”
“Noble Action, Sacred Call, or Desire” Please respond to the following:
â€¢Explain whether or not you think SiddhÄrtha Gautamaâ€s quest to find
enlightenment falls under the category of noble action, sacred call, or
desire. Discuss how his decision to leave his family would be received in
“Actionless Action (Daosim) and the Practice of Virtue (Confucianism)”
Please respond to the following:
â€¢Identify and explain at least three aspects of wu wei (non-doing) that
would be practical in the busy lives of city dwellers, especially those
living in the West. Provide a rationale for your response.
“The Role of the Torah and Special Covenant” Please respond to the
â€¢Discuss the significance of the â€œspecial covenantâ€ between the Jewish
people and God. Name at least two examples of this covenant in the Jewish
“Why Canâ€t We Just Get Along?” Please respond to the following:
â€¢Explain at least three reasons why there are so many divisions /
denominations in the Christian religion.
â€¢Explain what is meant by the term â€œsynoptic gospelsâ€, and discuss why this
term is important for Christians when reading the Bible
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