/ RLG280Y1Y C
Final submission – July 28
at the beginning of class
This essay involves a
current affairs analysis
in religion: looking at a contemporary issue
of religion and/in society. You are asked to choose a current topic of interest to you
(some suggestions below), and examine how this topic is understood, approached,
debated, and/or resolved within
of the religions covered in class: Judaism,
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, or
Shinto. Though it is not explicitly required, you are advised to draw from a religion other
than your own, or other than one connected to your own cultural background (if this is
applicable); this is to a) broaden your horizons, and b) avoid the temptation to write from
personal experience or faith in place of good research. Within your chosen religion, you
at least two different
takes on the issue from different perspectives, before
giving your own opinion.
The essay will have four general components – these components should be integrated
into one complete essay, even though you may deal with them separately.
Briefly describe the issue, in general, and as related to your chosen religion. Give
an overview and context for the issue, including the parameters of the debate.
Where necessary, part of this context will be a brief consideration of the history of
the issue/debate, leading to the current state.
Find at least one source that has taken a
or is making a
about the issue
from within or relating specifically to your
, and explain his/her position or argument(s) in a clear and detailed
manner. Alternatively, it may be easier for you to identify a particular position on
or argument about the issue,
one or two
authors that argue for this