Center for Learning and Technology
WORLD RELIGIONS: EXPLORING DIVERSITY
Thomas Edison State College
World Religions: Exploring Diversit
REL 410 Discussion Forum 1
In Discussion Forum 1, post your response to the following discussion questions. Reply to at
least two classmates' responses by the date indicated in the course Calendar.
During the course of your study of World Religions, what
My heart is restless until it rests in Thee, My God.
Do you think the central idea in this quotation by St. Augustine (along with its implications)
could be aptly applied to the nature of God as found in African religions, as discussed by
Distinguishing between mystical and numinous religious experience, contrast Hinduism and
Buddhism from the perspective outlined by Ninian Smart. Why do you agree or disagree with
Smarts distinction of the two kinds of r
Evaluate the impact on human life of at least three different religions you have read
about in this module. Be specific as you discuss how the particular religious tradition affects
everyday life. Draw comparisons and c
In light of what you read in Chapter 4 of Worldviews concerning Smarts view of the power of
history and myth and the consequent struggle between history as myth and history as the result
of critical inquiry, do you agree that literature and other forms of
Gautama overcame suffering whereas Kierkegaard was overcome by it.
Based on the readings, I believe that Kierkegaard felt justified in his suffering and almost
did not want to overcome it; he believed suffering was part of being a true Christian and looke
Discuss various functions of doctrine in religion according to Ninian Smart by reference
to Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Islam.
When looking at doctrines in any religion or culture, one may consider the instructi
From the quick biography of Soren Kierkegaards life that we are given in the textbook,
we are told that although he was intellectually brilliant and was often considered to be
charismatic and a fascinating conversationa
What is the function of myth? What is its value? Analyze in some detail what accounts
for the power of myths in religion, providing examples from a variety of traditions. What is the
relationship between myth and doctri