Comparative Religion
Religious Studies 302
Saint Martin's College
Fort Lewis
Term 3, 2005
Take-home Final Exam


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RLS 302:  Comparative Religion
Term 3:  Fort Lewis  Spring 05
Take-home final exam

Choose two of the following six questions and write essays of one and a half to two pages each discussing those two questions.  The exam is open book and open notes, and you may discuss the test with anyone prior to taking it.  However, do not discuss it while taking it.  In answering the questions, seek to convey an awareness of reading you have done for the class as well as class discussions.  Be sure to handle quotations appropriately and find a shorthand way of giving credit for quotations and ideas derived from other sources.  The exam is due Monday, March 7, in class.

1.              We tend to think of religions as differing one from the other.  Identify a similarity that you discovered in two of the world’s religions during the term and discuss the significance of that similarity in understanding the two religions.

2.              Who is God?  Discuss how one of the monotheistic religions would go about answering this question.  Can the same religion offer more than one answer?

3.              Discuss the role of belief and faith in one of the religions we have studied.  To what extent should believers of that religion take its scriptures literally?

4.              Compare a creation story from the Vedas to one of the creation stories in the Bible.  What meaning does each story find in the idea of the beginning and how does it relate to the religion?

5.              Karen Armstrong tells us that holy places often cause dissention, but they also can unite.  Discuss how this is true from what you have learned about holy places in Jerusalem this term.

6.              Learning about religions and religion is a process of discovery.  What have you discovered this term in a course on comparative religion, and why is it significant to you?

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