Academic study of religion.

What do you think are some differences between studying religion in a church (or other religious institution) and studying religion in a classroom setting?

Which academic discipline (method) for the study of religion might appeal to you most and why?

When it comes to religion, are you an “insider”(a committed believer) or an “outsider”? Explain

How might your position (as in insider or outsider) affect your study of religion in this class?

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Belief in God.

Is it morally permissible to believe in God just because it is to your practical advantage to
believe? Why or why not? Use the material in Vaughn’s book to help you explain how Pascal argues for belief
in God. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of other thinkers have identified in his reasoning. What does the
argument against believing in God without sufficient evidence look like? Is it plausible that God would look
kindly on atheists and agnostics to because they refuse to believe without evidence? After all, aren’t they
simply using God’s gift of reason to arrive at their decision?

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“How Should We Then Live” by Dr. Francis Schaeffer

After you have viewed the presentation “How Should We Then Live” by Dr. Francis Schaeffer , address the following prompt: In the Roman culture, almost all religions were tolerated, but Christianity was persecuted. List and discuss several reasons why this occurred. The link for the video presentation is as followed:

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The central idea of Christianity

Discuss the central idea of Christianity. Christianity is a global religion that began in the first century C.E. when Jesus of Nazareth began his ministry in the region of Palestine. While there are many expressions of Christianity throughout the world, this paper will review the researcher’s experience at the Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church in the city of Hialeah. Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church represents a Protestant expression of the Christian faith. This paper will argue that the central idea of Christianity is the absolute sufficiency of the person and work of Jesus. This paper will demonstrate this by first demonstrating the centrality of Jesus within the historic beliefs of Christianity, then, the paper will demonstrate the presence of Jesus’ person and work within the liturgy and aesthetic of the gatherings, finally, this paper will describe how the person and work of Jesus influences the daily lives of congregants of the Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church

“While there are many expressions of Christianity throughout the world, this paper will review the researcher’s experience at the Miami Bapta-
metho-presby-costal Church in the city of Hialeah. Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church represents a Protestant expression of the
Christian faith.”

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The central idea of Christianity

Discuss the central idea of Christianity. Christianity is a global religion that began in the first century C.E. when Jesus of Nazareth began his ministry in the region of Palestine. While there are many expressions of Christianity throughout the world, this paper will review the researcher’s experience at the Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church in the city of Hialeah. Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church represents a Protestant expression of the Christian faith. This paper will argue that the central idea of Christianity is the absolute sufficiency of the person and work of Jesus. This paper will demonstrate this by first demonstrating the centrality of Jesus within the historic beliefs of Christianity, then, the paper will demonstrate the presence of Jesus’ person and work within the liturgy and aesthetic of the gatherings, finally, this paper will describe how the person and work of Jesus influences the daily lives of congregants of the Miami Bapta-metho-presby-costal Church

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The existence of God.

1) Explain the 3 main arguments for the existence of God.

2) Explain in detail one of the objections (presented by one of the authors we read) against one of the main arguments for the existence of God.

3) Offer your own original argument in defense of the position you think is most reasonable. In other words, offer an argument in defense of one of the 3 main arguments for the existence of God or in defense of one of the objections against the 3 main arguments for the existence of God.

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The Buddhist Tradition

The Buddhist Tradition; Confucianism in Japan; Bushido; State ShintoWestern Sources of Authority – the Meiji transformation

Women of Authority – focus on Lady Murasaki, Doi Takako, and Owada Masako

Constitutionalism and Democracy in Japan Today – the 1947 Constitution

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