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Essay Instructions: Religion: 150-170 word summary of 5 books of the Old Testament and 5 of the New Testament, do NOT include Genesis. Must include at least one book per genre in the following fashion:
1. Old Testament: Must include at least one narrative,law, prophecy, and wisdom book.
2. New Testament: Must include at least one gospel, narrative, epistle, and apocalyptic book.
In each of the summaries identify the following four characteristics:
1.The Basic Genre ( identify the genre in the first sentence of the summary)
2. Key themes/purposes identified
3. Major events and personalities for narrative, law, gospel.
4. Major Issues/concerns addressed in prophecy, wisdom books, epistles, and apocalyptic.
Text books used: 1. How to Read the Bible for all its worth (Fee and Stuart 3rd edition), 2. The Promise and the Blessing (Michael A. Harbin 2005).
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Essay Instructions: Religion and politics- Select a very focused problem or question within that theme on which you will focus your thesis statement. This will become the point or perspective you will argue or prove in the paper. For this paper you need to do research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are considered to have reliable information (do not use sources from the secular press, i.e. Time, Newsweek, Parent’s Today, etc.). you need at least four articles from professional scholarly journals and not popular Internet sites (if you do find something on the World Wide Web, it must be authored and be a reliable source).
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Essay Instructions: Religion versus Science
The pace at which technology changes has a deep impact on religion and the way that we see ourselves vis à vis the Universe, creation, and the finite nature of our existence. In The Education of Henry Adams, we read about this tension at the beginning of the 20th century. But the tension is still real to us today. Every day we read about a new technology that challenges our view of ourselves, morality, and how we live. We see technical changes that affect religious institutions and value. I want you to tell me what you see around you.
Pick ONE technical change that is provoking a lot of discussion from religious organizations. You can think about:
· Reproductive rights issues
· Online relationships
· Designer drug use
· Anything that interests you!
I know that these issues are controversial. So keep it mellow and have fun with it. You will NOT be graded on being "right or wrong". There is no such thing here. All I care about is "interesting".
Search on the web to find a contemporary issue where religion and science come into conflict. Write a three-page paper explaining your take on the issues, and upload it to coursenet by the end of this module
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Essay Instructions: Religion Report
?Post your World Religions Report. For this project you will choose a religion that is not your own and then visit a place of worship and interview a person of that faith. You will report your findings in an informative 2000-2500 word paper. In addition to the site visit and interview you will compare and contrast this religion with at least one other religion you are familiar with through this class.
?Your World Religions Report should be 2000-2500 words in length, formatted according to APA guidelines, and contain the following elements:
1. Introduction of the religion - Non Denominational Religion
2. Name, location and review of the site. Faith Fellowship Ministries, Sayerville, NJ
3. Interview summary (see notes below)
4. Comparing and contrasting with another religion - use Catholic Religion
Interview questions to incorparate follows:
1. Explain what it means to be saved.
To be saved means you have acknowledged that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the price for your sins and that God raised him for the dead and he is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. You accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Christ is the Lord and you are saved from hell and will have eternal life with the Lord.
2. Why do you have to be a Christian to be saved?
You are not a Christian until you are saved first. You are saved, then you are called a Christian. People that are saved are called ?Christians? because they follow the teachings and principles of Christ Jesus. Christianity is available to all races and groups of people.
3. What is the Rapture?
The Rapture is when Jesus comes to earth for the Second Coming; believers who are alive will be caught up in the clouds to meet Christ.
4. What is the Glorious Appearance (The Second Coming)?
The Second Coming is when Christ will return visibly to earth and the believers in Christ who are dead will rise from their graves. Believers who are alive will be caught up in the clouds to meet Christ.
5. Explain ?Speaking in Tongues?. Explain do you understand.
?Speaking in Tongues? is when believers speak in an unintelligible utterance (they are not speaking in their own language). Believers who ?Speak in Tongues? does not speak to men, but to God. Therefore, man will not understand. This is a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit. Believers who ?Speaks in Tongues? edifies (lifts up) himself. Those who have the gift of ?Speaking in Tongues? should also pray for the ?Gift of Interpretation?. If a believer who ?Speaks in Tongues? also has the ?Gift of Interpretation? he will understand what he is saying and be able to translate to the church and the entire church will be edified by this gift.
6. How do you know when you have been touched by the Spirit?
The moment you are able to believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, he died for our sins and was raised again, you have been touch by the Spirit. It is the Spirit that gives you the ability to believe.
7. Explain why you would equate scripture with good fortune.
The Scripture is the word of God (?all scripture is God-breathed? ? 2 Ti 3:16). Scripture says that ?all good and perfect gifts come from above?. God is truth, He can not lie and His word does not return to him void. Therefore, if you believe in the scripture and follow the scripture in your daily life, you will have good fortune.
8. What is Praise and Worship?
Praise is expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of who He is and His worth. It is saying ?thank you? for every aspect of His divine nature. Worship is expressing our love and adoration for God. We worship to glorify, exalt, bless and magnify God.
9. If you believe in God and that Jesus Christ is His son, but do not attend church or profess a religion, are you still considered a Christian?
If you believe and practice the principles of Christ you are a Christian. However, scripture does say to come together as believers to encourage one another. We gather together (go to church) to share our faith and to strengthen one another in the Lord.
10. Explain who or what is the devil.
The devil was once an angel in heaven. He was the Minister of Music in heaven. He tried to exalt himself above God and God kicked him out of heaven into hell. The devil is the evil spirit that comes to ?steal, kill and destroy? your life. The devil is about evil and not good.
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