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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:Review the weekly lectures and supplemental materials provided, then complete the chart by elaborating on each section related to the weekly content.Identify key details and examples from the weekly resources to serve as a basis for the content being recorded in your chart.Write clearly and coherently using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.
Religion
Cosmogony – Origin of the Universe
Nature of God
View of Human Nature
View of Good and Evil
View of “Salvation”
View of After Life
Practices and Rituals
Celebrations and Festivals
Week 2Hinduism and Jainism
Week 3Buddhism
Week 4Daoism andConfucianism
Week 5Shinto
Week 6Judaism
Week 7Christianity
Week 8Islam
Week 9Sikhism
Week 10New Religious MovementsThe 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 (alternate version)
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.
Complete and submit the following worksheet. 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.
Student Name:
RELIGION(S) OF THE WEEK


State the name of the Religion being addressed in this chart.
Please address ONLY ONE (1) religion per chart.
ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS





Provide your response in this column.
State the creation story that this religion uses to explain the creation of the
universe. If you cannot identify a creation story for this religion, offer a suggestion
as to why this religion may not have one.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
NATURE OF GOD/CREATOR

Provide your response in this column.
State the nature of the god(s) worshiped by this religion. If you cannot identify a
god (or gods) for this religion, offer a suggestion as to why this religion may not
have one.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
Provide your response in this column.
VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE




State how this religion views human beings.
How are human beings viewed with regard to their characteristics and their place in
the universe? If you cannot identify how this religion defines human beings, offer a
suggestion as to why it doesn’t.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
VIEW OF GOOD & EVIL








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, and how does it suggest
that we can overcome it? If you cannot identify how this religion defines the
“problem,” or how to overcome it, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
VIEW OF AFTERLIFE

Provide your response in this column.
State how this religion defines the concept of good and evil.
Most religions encourage their adherents to be good and to shun evil. How does
this religion define these terms for those who practice this religion? If you cannot
identify how this religion defines good and evil, offer a suggestion as to why it
doesn’t.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
VIEW OF SALVATION

Provide your response in this column.
What does this religion teach about “what comes next” after all is said and done?
For Eastern religions that teach reincarnation, this question is about what happens
after moksha is attained. For Western religions, this question is about what
happens when we die. If you cannot identify how this religion defines the afterlife,
offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
Provide your response in this column.
PRACTICES AND RITUALS




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.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
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.
Name the festival(s) and give a short explanation of how it is observed. If you
cannot identify any celebrations or festivals for this religion, offer a suggestion as to
why it doesn’t have any.
Back up your statement with explanation and/or example.
You should have a minimum of 3 complete sentences when this is complete.
Provide your response in this column.

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