REL 133 Week 1

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Week 1 Individual Assignment Elements of Religious Traditions Paper

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that does the following:

Describes these basic components of religious traditions and their relationship to the sacred:

What a religious tradition says—its teachings, texts, doctrine, stories, myths, and others

What a religious tradition does—worship, prayer, pilgrimage, ritual, and so forth

How a religious tradition organizes—leadership, relationships among members, and so forth

Identifies key critical issues in the study of religion

Includes specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week One readings that honor the sacred—such as rituals of the Igbo to mark life events, the vision quest as a common ritual in many Native American societies, or the influence of the shaman as a leader. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 1 Discussion Questions

How do you define the word religion? What elements are commonly associated with religious traditions?

How do you define the word sacred? How do religious traditions orient their conception and location of the sacred?

From the reading, what are the basic elements of religion?

What are some difficulties in trying to define religion and religious beliefs?

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REL 133 Week 1,

A distinction between oral traditions and written traditions will need to be made. Sacred texts as well as an oral tradition have been established through world religions. Many indigenous religions have only oral traditions that have not been written down. There are some indigenous people who do not have a written language and so their religious tradition is passed down orally from generation to generation. It is harder for an individual to study and stay connected when there is only oral tradition’s to follow.
A critical issue is to find what the text or story is doing for the religion. What a religion says usually functions in a few different ways whether it is a mythical story or doctrine. There are two main ways that religion can be expressed. The first is answers to where the world came from. For example, the Shinto religion of Japan, is beginnings of the Japanese islands are
A distinction between oral traditions and written traditions will need to be made. Sacred texts as well as an oral tradition have been established through world religions. Many indigenous religions have only oral traditions that have not been written down. There are some indigenous people who do not have a written language and so their religious tradition is passed down orally from generation to generation. It is harder for an individual to study and stay connected when there is only oral tradition’s to follow.
A critical issue is to find what the text or story is doing for the religion. What a religion says usually functions in a few different ways whether it is a mythical story or doctrine. There are two main ways that religion can be expressed. The first is answers to where the world came from. For example, the Shinto religion of Japan, is beginnings of the Japanese islands are

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