World Religion

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CHAPTER 1-Understanding Religion

(Pages 1-29)

Group A

1. What are some of the questions religion seek to answer? List some of the human needs served by religion?
2. Discuss a theory on origins of religion by one of the thinkers in the reading (Tylor, Frazer, Freud, James, Otto or Jung) that makes sense to you at the present time.
3. List and describe the eight elements that are developed in varying degrees in most religions?
4. Define what is meant by sacred in religion and give some examples of how sacred is understood?
5. Offer some examples of religious symbols and discuss their meaning.

Group B

1. Discuss the goal of studying religion in the historical and
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What features of geography might have contributed to Hindu religious sensibilities?

2. What features have enabled Hinduism to develop freely in many directions.

3. What were the chief features of Aryan religion?

4. Briefly describe the content or focus of the Vedas.

Group B

1. Define the term Brahman and relate an illustration from the Upanishads seeking to explain it.

2. Explain what is meant by Brahman and discuss its relationship to Atman

3. How does maya fit into the Upanishadic explanation of the world?

4. Explain the relationship between karma and rebirth. Discuss the benefits and liabilities of embracing such a view as karma and rebirth.

Group C

1. Describe the different aspects of liberation contained in the goal of moksha

2. Describe the general setting or plot of the Bhagavad Gita.

3. Briefly describe the five main social classes within the caste system.

4. Why are there different types of yoga? Explain some of the different types of yoga.

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(Pages 95-119)

*Note- all groups: See bonus question at the end

Group A

1. Why have intensive study and the practice of meditation had limited appeal for the majority of Hindus?

2. Which major gods constitute the Trimurti and what interlinked force do they represent?

3. Describe features of one of the popular
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