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Confucianism as a religion

What do you think of Confucianism as a religion? Historically, many have viewed it as much as a philosophy or system of beliefs aiding social structure as much as a religion. What aspects of Confucianism make it “religious?” Are there philosophical or religious structures that have or could work this way (to strongly support social roles and structure) in the west?

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How is myth different from religion?Do religions have an effect on science?

How is myth different from religion?
Do religions have an effect on science?

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Functions of religion

What are the major functions of religion?

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Is buddhism considered a chinese religion?

Is buddhism considered a chinese religion?
Is scientology a cult or a religion?
Describe the “Great Schism” in religion.
Can religion make virtuous children? how? why?

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Islamic Religion and The role of Women

Discuss the main similarities and differences between at least two sects of the Islamic religion.
Discuss the overall role of women in the Islamic religion. Name at least two ways in which the role of women is different in Islam from the role of women in another mainstream religion.

 

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Ethnography

Write an essay about the religion ethnography of a certain religion after visiting their worship  site.

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Autologous Transfusions

How does your religion deal with autologous transfusions
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Assignment 

 
Tasks:

While “Theology of Community and Ministry” is the third chapter of your ministry project, you are submitting it first. The chapter should address two elements clearly—theology of community and theology of ministry. Let us look at these elements in detail.

Theology of Community: What we believe about the church and Christian fellowship is central to our understanding of ministry. The theology of community section forms the other part of the theological foundations for your project, alongside your theology of ministry section. Here, you will present a practical ecclesiology—a systematic presentation of your understanding of Christian community as it relates to your ministry project.
In the first part of this chapter, you should survey the following issue areas:

The primary biblical passages and motifs that inform your understanding of Christian community
The essential features of your tradition’s view of ecclesiology (Roman Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.), including an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses related to your project
Perspectives from other ecclesial traditions that might inform your project
Theology of Ministry: In the second part of the chapter, you address specific theological issues related to the ministry project, such as:
Identifying and describing the biblical and theological principles or perspectives that inform the research question or problem, with careful attention to the issues of context and interpretation
Identifying and describing relevant perspectives from your theological or ecclesial tradition
Critically examining other historical or current theological approaches that are relevant to the research question or problem and offering a comparison and contrast with your own approach
After reading the chapter, a reader should be able to:

Identify the key theological and ecclesiological issues at stake in your ministry project.
Understand your particular theological and ecclesiological perspective on the research question or problem.
Discern the relationship between your theological and ecclesiological commitments and the shape of your ministry project.
Typically, this chapter is organized as follows:

Chapter 3: Theology of Community and Ministry……………………….. #
Theology of Community………………………………………………………. #
Biblical and Theological Motifs……………………………………. #
A Contemporary (your tradition here) View of Christian Community……………………………………………………………. #
Implications for the Ministry Project…………………………….. #
Theology of Ministry…………………………………………………………… #
Issue A…………………………………………………………………. #
Issue B…………………………………………………………………. #
Issue C…………………………………………………………………. #
Historical and Contemporary Approaches……………………… #
Application/Integration to the Ministry Project…………………………… #
All written assignments and responses should follow Turabian (8th ed.) rules for attributing sources. Refer to Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations and Doctor of Ministry Final Project Handbook for content and formatting of this chapter.

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A Theological Foundation for Family Relationships

 
INTRODUCTION
The Unit 2 Handout introduces the Biblical foundation for the equality of all men and women as
persons created in the image of God. What God Has Joined Together builds elaborates on the
personhood of every individual as a unique person. Using the analogy of waffles and spaghetti,
Men Are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti’s text discusses how men and women
approach conflict differently but how that can become a positive in marriage. The Family
establishes a theological foundation for family relationships.
RESOURCES
 Textbook: The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home.
 Textbook: Men Are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti
 Textbook: What God Has Joined Together: The Lord’s Definition of Marriage
 2.1a PDF: Unit 2 Handout – Personhood

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read the Unit 2 Handout “Personhood.”
2. Read Section 1 in What God Has Joined Together.
3. Read Chapter 6 in Men Are Like Waffles; Women Are Like Spaghetti.
4. Read Chapter 1 in The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home.
UNIT 2 REFLECTION PAPER
See Introduction to Unit 2.
Upon completion of this assignment you should be able to:
 Complete a critical/reflective writing assignment on, “A Theological Foundation for Family Relationships,” using proper grammar, spelling, syntax, logic, and so forth.

RESOURCES
 Textbook: The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home

BACKGROUND INFORMATION None

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Write a reflection paper on marriage and family as presented by Balswick in Chapter 1.
2. Reflection papers should be from 300 to 500 words and show a level of critical analysis that reflects your understanding of the reading as well as your own personal response.
3. Compose the paper in a Word document.

2.3 UA:Reflection
Carefully following the instructions for this assignment, write a reflection/summary paper that demonstrates:
1. An understanding of the assigned reading.
2. A capacity for critical analysis.
3. An ability to apply the material in a practical manner.
Unlike a research paper, a reflection/summary does not require footnotes or references because it is a specifically assigned reading. Your own words are preferable to quotes in that the focus is upon your understanding and application of the information that has been presented.
Your paper should:
1. Be 300 to 500 words in length.
2. Be submitted in a Word document with one-inch margins and double-spaced.
3. Be written according to APA Writing Style Guidelines: See Writing Style Guides under Course Introduction.
It will be evaluated according to the following guide:
Possible Points 20
Content: (10 possible points)
Intent – Does it demonstrate an understanding of the
assignment?
Application – Must show a level of critical analysis that
demonstrates the student’s ability to apply the
material in a practical manner.
Construction: (5 possible points)
Format – Written in a Word document with one-inch margins
and double-spaced.
Creativity – Is it obviously original?
Academic Propriety – Are correct spelling, proper grammar
and well-formed sentences apparent?
Length: (5 possible Points) 300 to 500 words

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Old Testament Essay

 
You will write a 1500–1800-word reflection on one of the three following ethical issues related to the study of the Old Testament.

1) How would you respond to the claim that the Old Testament is misogynistic and demeaning to women?
2) How would you have responded biblically to southern slave-holders who used the Old Testament to justify their practice of slavery?
3) How would you respond to the claim that the Old Testament is not inspired Scripture because it includes commands from God for the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites?

The paper must follow current Turabian guidelines and include analysis of key issues and passages related to the topic you select for your paper. It must be well-researched and carefully argued. A minimum of 6 scholarly sources must be used when writing this paper. Biblical evidence and explanation of key biblical texts is essential. Avoid diatribes against those you might disagree with. Sources that are cited, referenced, and/or quoted must be footnoted, and the paper must be the student’s original work. In light of the length of this paper, avoid lengthy quotations and make sure that the paper stays on-topic. Use headings to mark off the major sections of your paper. A bibliography of sources used must be included.

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