essay for religion midterm

SPRING 2020

Answer TWO (2) QUESTIONS in

essay form

. Minimum of two (2) pages for question for a total

of 4-6 pages for the entire exam. SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS TO TURNITIN ASSIGNMENTS

(IN BLACKBOARD). Remember, Turnitin is omniscient and sees where you are getting your

material. Plagiarism is the unpardonable sin of academia. EXAM DUE:

WEDNESDAY,

MARCH 18TH, BEFORE 11:30 P.M.

INTERNET OR OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES ARE

NOT

ALLOWED. USE ONLY THE TEXTS AND THE VIDEOS.

1. What are the paths to salvation in the Bhagavad Gita? Illustrate these paths from the Gita

itself with relevant quotes that support your exposition. Again, your quotes must come from the

required reading and the Gita only.

2. What are the fundamental concepts of the Upanishads? Why and how were these concepts so

revolutionary, then and now? How do these concepts stand in sharp opposition to the

fundamental assumptions of Vedic religion, and how do Upanishads accommodate themselves to

this religion in spite of this apparent or real opposition? Again, only the lectures, films, and

required reading can be used to answer the questions.

3. What are the Four Noble Truths and what role do they play in the Buddhist religion? Do the

Four Noble Truths support the view that Buddhism is a religion, a philosophy, or the end of

religion? Or is religious Buddhism in contradiction with its fundamental assumptions? How is

religious Buddhism to be reconciled with philosophical Buddhism? Again, only the lectures,

films, and required reading can be used to answer the questions.

4. Buddhism and Jainism arose as revolts against Vedic religion. What do they have in

common, and how do they differ? Even as revolts against Vedic religion (including the

Upanishads), what elements from Vedic religion do they incorporate into their system of beliefs

and which do they reject?

5. The Sikh religion draws elements from two religions. What are these two religions and what

elements does Sikhism borrow from each? Also, what elements of Sikhism are original and not

dependent on the influence of the other two religions which influenced it?

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