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Running head: ASSIGNMENT 1: WORLD VIEW CHART WRITING ASSIGNMENT Assignment 1: World View Chart Writing Assignment REL212 Dr. Bill Denning
ASSIGNMENT 1: WORLD VIEW CHART WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2 Assignment 1: World View Chart Writing Assignment Over the past ten weeks there has been a large amount of data about how different religions handle many topics such as human nature, if there is a God or gods, good and evil, and various rituals that are important to perform. The one topic that I found the most interesting and enlightening is how different religions handle the thought of death and if there is life after death or if it is final. The fear of death is one of the most common causes and effects of anxiety and is prevalent even in individuals who do not experience the normal symptoms of anxiety (Collett & Lester, 1969) and the greatest part of this is facing the unknown. Religion throughout history has tried to alleviate this concern by explaining what happens after death while also working it into the teachings of good, evil, morality, and salvation. Though there is a wide variety of beliefs they can be narrowed down to two central belief patterns, the idea of reincarnation or the idea of the individual going to a different spiritual plane such as the idea of Heaven and Hell. Reincarnation is the idea that while the physical form dies the spirit will be transferred to a new body as the soul is eternal. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism are three of the most prevalent religions that follow this belief pattern, calling it samsara which is the “karma-run wheel of birth, death, and rebirth” (Fisher, 2014).

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