7 February 2016
Absolute Truths, Dangerous?
In order to understand absolute or universal truth, it must be defined. Based upon
readings, I would describe truth as compliance to fact or actuality; a s
24 January 2015
a. Discuss Jewish faith and how God is at the center of all things in life. In Night,
Wiesels faith was challenged by death and torture but he found a way t
Believing in the Cause
Are you involved in any causes?
What are they?
.As an activist
.Intellectually and emotionally supportive
.Not right now, but I would like to be
What kinds of things do you do to
promote the cause?
When you think people g
Believing in Someone (too much)
Blind obedience is a sure sign of
organizations with traditional
beliefs and practices
Religious organizations with
novel beliefs and practices
Jim Jones and the
Believing in War
Christianity and War:
The New Testament
One version of the basic moral
problem and question:
Believing in Absolutes
An absolutist believes "My beliefs are
defensibly the Truth in a way that cannot
allow for the acceptance of incompatible
propositions / doctrines / moral codes.
A Relativist believes: There is no way to
What is Religion?
Is it the problem?
Just what IS religion? The
difficulty of definitions.
1. How would you define it?
2. What emotions/reactions come to mind
when you think about religion?
Christianity and the Creeds
1. If Christianity and Islam are fundamentally religions of peace, why have
both been associated with so much war?
2. What is the just war theory?
3. What does jihad mean?
4. Why is it important for you to know whats going on in the world?
1. Describe one key way in which religion contributes to the likelihood that
evil will be done.
2. Describe one key reason religion should not be held accountable for the
fact that evil is sometimes done in the name of religion.
3. What is exclu
Discussion Questions: Night
1. What are your initial responses to this story?
2. Where do you imagine yourself fitting in to this story: as perpetrator, victim, bystander?
3. Consider the exchange while the child was being hanged (pp. 61-62): Where is God
Your final paper provides an opportunity to address a personal tragedy
using materials we have read in the final section of the course. The event
may be from your own life or you may base your reflections on someone
elses story of personal tragedy.