Respond
to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then
respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a
total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words,
for a total of 900 words total.

Textbook:
Fisher, Mary Pat. Living
Religions,
9th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall), 2011. ISBN:
0-205-83585-6

History
and Beliefs (Chapter 10, pp. 376-405)
The
Spread of Islam (Chapter 10, pp. 406-433)
Sikhism
(Chapter 11, pp. 434-458)
New
Religious Movements (Chapter 12, pp. 459-495)
Religion
in the 21st Century (Chapter 13, pp. 496-517)

Group
1

Compare
and contrast what is known about the life of Muhammad with one of
the following religious founders: Buddha, Confucius, Zarathushtra,
or Jesus. What are the most significant similarities and differences
between Muhammad and whoever else is selected? Explain.

What
have been the interrelationships between Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam? Explain.

What
distinguishes a Sunni from a Shi’ite Muslim? Explain.
Using
specific examples, explore some of the different interpretations of
Islam proffered by Islamists and more moderate Muslims.

Group
2

Explain
the key teachings of Sikhism and explain how military power became a
part of Sikh tradition during the time of the Gurus.

What
is the Guru Granth Sahib? What is its significance within Sikhism?
How is it incorporated into worship practices at Sikh gurdwaras?

What
does the emergence of multiple new religions imply about the success
of mainstream religions in meeting human needs? In your discussion,
describe and evaluate some of the theories proposed for explaining
why people convert to new religious movements.

Explain
the difference between a catastrophic millennial movement and a
progressive millennial movement using specific examples.

Briefly
describe Neo-Paganism and Deep Ecology. What role does nature play
in these new religious movements?
Critically
discuss the current trend to understand oneself as being “spiritual”
as opposed to “religious” and what this designation implies.




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