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  1. Describe the visit in the Quaker Meeting House and assess the relevance of visiting religious communities for the study of religions.

    Two large patio doors on one side and several high windows supplied ample light. An upright piano rested in one corner of the room which comfortably held fifty. On arrival we were directed to the "Worship Room" and firstly welcomed and given a brief safety talk. A two minute silence followed, furthered by an introduction of the speakers and the agenda for the visit. Our host and first speaker Keith, was to give an explanation of Quakerism, our second Barbara, was to give an account of business and third and final speaker Humphrey (a retired scientist)

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  2. Ethics in Religion

    The largest religious influence in Nick's life and the one who took him to church is his mother, who still attends church services on holidays. The only tradition is she gives Nick and his brother one present on Christmas. The gift exchange is one sided he tells me as his brother and him do not give a gift back for Christmas although they do give their mother things throughout the year. Nick enjoys the presents he gets from his mother at Christmas but he never had much interest in the Christian aspect.

    • Word count: 1093
  3. Ethics in Communication

    -Me: "Hmm. Ok, So what does Bill bring in since he retired and started working for the church"? The conversation continues, keeping on an even peaceful level instead of my firing off comments on my views and opinions that although I believe correct would most likely lead to an argument and fruitless discussion. Showing respect by being attentive is a skill I am always trying to perfect due to the fact that not all discussions are really that interesting and sometimes you zone out, but it is something I believe myself to be good at.

    • Word count: 1528
  4. Philosophical Taoism

    Tao Te Ching translates into English as "The Way and It's Power". It is a compilation of "poetry, philosophical reflection and mystical speculation" (Zhao). Taoists follow this text as "a testament to humanity's at-home-ness in the universe" (Smith). This book is one of the most translated texts of all time, second only to the Bible but it is also said that it is translated differently each time (Zhao). While scholars also believe that it was most likely not written by just one person and that a large portion of it came from older texts, the story of Lau Tzu is the popular and accepted origin of the sacred text by Taoist believers (Smith).

    • Word count: 1765
  5. Religion. Dreaming influenced the Land Rights Movement as it depicts the importance of Land in Aboriginal culture, rituals and beliefs. Through the Dreamtime stories we can establish that Indigenous Australians believe that people are a part of and conne

    Mabo and Wik are identified as two of the most significant cases regarding the Aboriginal land rights movement. In 1982 Eddie Mabo led Torres Strait and Murray Island residents on a fight against the state of Queensland, in respect to the use of the Islands land. Indigenous Australians believed that the state was not free to extinguish the title of Meriam people. Finally after the Mabo case was failed in the state court it was then taken to the High Court of Australia. In June 1992 the Mabo case was won, the High Court declared that the Meriam people were free to possess and occupy the land of the Murray Islands.

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  6. Compare and contrast the human condition as it relates to Muslims and Christians. The author will examine the teachings of these religions as it relates to the improvement of the human condition and will look at the public stance

    "Zakaat functions as a social security for all. Those who have enough money today pay for what they have. If they need money tomorrow they will get what is necessary to help them live decently." "Zakaat payer pays his dues to Allah as an act of worship, a token of submission and an acknowledgement of gratitude. The receiver of Zakaat receives it as a grant from Allah out of His bounty, a favor for which he is thankful to Allah."

    • Word count: 1176
  7. What conclusions does More want his 16th century readers to draw about the Christian beliefs and practices in Europe

    It has been definitively conceded that Utopia is not entirely fictional in this sense. However, it is whether or not Utopia is an attack on Christian beliefs and practices that is to be the primary concern from here on. Nevertheless, the context of the work remains extremely important, especially concerning the "Christian humanist" movement, if it can be classed as such. Erasmus, whom More met initially in 1499, concerned himself with the question which he "believed was paramount in those years [and which was] at once great and simple: "what is it to be Christian?""

    • Word count: 1743
  8. Many have thought about the meaning of abortion. The argument is that every child born should be wanted, and others who believe that every child conceived should be born. This has been a controversial topic for years.

    Because of this 1in 3 babies ever conceived in the U.S. is killed by abortion. Many countries have followed the United States decision on the abortion issue. But other countries still believe abortion should be illegal, they include Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand. Although some believe that abortion is a women's choice. Abortion is the choice of a woman. Under the 14th Amendment's personal liberty women are given the right to receive an abortion. The state can't get involved in the private lives of a citizen.

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  9. Describe several heuristics that you might use when deciding whether you should a) Study especially hard for an exam OR b) ask someone for (or accept) a date.Under what circumstances are these heuristics likely to contribute to poor decision making?

    There are too many variables to calculate. Often, also, we are provided with information which is not complete. A rational decision needs symmetric information in order to be truly rational, by analysing all inputs, and as a result possible outcomes. This is where humans begin to use heuristics as a method of making the decision. These heuristics are often the cause of irrational behaviour, however, as they do not always help us make the right decision. There are three heuristic that should be mentioned. Representativeness heuristics are those based on general past experiences. Essentially these heuristics are based on stereo types.

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  10. The ethics of abortion.

    Thus prohibiting abortion may itself be morally unjust. Helen Evans However, objections to her argument are strong and anti-abortion protesters argue that having the right to control your own body does not mean you have the right to destroy a fetus, as all human beings have the right to life. Warren challenges this argument, using the basis of Judith Jarvis Thomson's claim that even if all human beings have a right to life, and a fetus is considered a human being, than a woman may still be morally entitled to have an abortion.

    • Word count: 1996

"All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth."

-Mahatma Gandhi

If you love nothing more than a good debate about the old testament, and you find your daily thoughts taken up with pilgrimages, prayer rugs, and different conceptions of paradise, then a university degree in religious studies might be the best path for you to follow.

Like most subjects within historical and philosophical studies, religious studies is a heavily essay-based degree, so be prepared to lay out argument after persuasive argument in clear, concise prose. If you need some help, visit Marked by Teachers' collection of religious studies essays. Studying the real worked examples will accelerate your learning process, teaching you to criticise and refine your writing until it meets your professor's high expectations.

Students of religious studies might draw directly upon their knowledge for an academic or religious career, take higher degrees in a related subject like history, or choose other careers such asteaching, consulting, and management.


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