Assignment for Monday, 24 January 2011 (several pieces - on religion)

Assignment for Monday, 24 January 2011 (several pieces - on religion)

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RELG141 Introduction to Religious Thought Assignment for Monday, 24 January 2011 On Monday, we will continue the discussion we began today, drawing upon selected essays by faculty in Siena’s Department of Religious Studies that are posted on Blackboard under the heading “Why Study Religion?” in Blackboard as well as the remainder of the 1 st chapter “About Religion” in our textbook, and a brief excerpt on “What Is Religion” available on Blackboard. To be specific, you are to read: (1) the essays by four of the Siena professors (You must read the essays by Professor Joseph Allegretti, Father Dennis Tamburello, and any two of the other essays); (2 Amore and Hussain, “About Religion,” in Oxtoby and Hussain, eds., World Religions: Western Traditions, 2 nd edition, 4-23; and (3) J. Livingston, “What Is Religion?” on Blackboard. In relation to the Siena professors’ essays , come to class prepared to: (1) ask questions about anything in any of the essays you do not understand; (2) indicate which essay you
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Unformatted text preview: found most helpful and why; and (3) indicate what you may have found in one of the essays that may conflict with something in another of the essays, and how you would resolve this conflict yourself. In relation to James Livingston’s excerpt on “What Is Religion?” ponder the following questions: (1) Examining these definitions in pairs, what does each pair have in common? (That is how is 1 like 2, 3 like 4, 5 like 6, 7 like 8, 9 like 10?) (2) How does Livingston’s own definition differ from all of these 10? (3) How do any of these definitions, including Livingston’s, compare with those provided by the Siena professors? In relation to Oxtoby and Hussain’s chapter “About Religion,” ponder the following questions: (4) What do we know about religion “looking back from Stonehenge”? (5) What are the distinctions among the “ten waves of religion” looking forward from ancient Stonehenge? How did these big waves bring changes to several traditions around the world?...
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