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Islam: The Holy Qur'an and the Articles of Faith

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ISLAM


Due on January 17, 2018 (the first two elements) Due on January 24, 2018 (the second two elements)  Due On January 30,2018 (the last element and all responses)


The following is a list of the Articles of Faith, the pillars upon which Islam is built as communicated through the Qur’an. Your responsibility in this blog is to explain how FIVE different elements of the Articles of Faith are demonstrated using various verses found in the Qur’an. Students MAY NOT duplicate verses used by other bloggers in their initial post!

God:
There is only one God with no associate or partner. All that happened in the past, is happening now and is going to happen in the future is by the will of God.

The Angels: 
Angels are created from light and execute the commands of God without question.

The Books of God:
These include the Torah, the Psalms of David, The Gospel revealed to Jesus and the Qur’ān.

Prophets of God:
There were thousands of prophets who preached God’s message. Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet…

Power & the Tao Te Ching

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Due on
December 20, 2017




“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Using the Tao Te Ching as your sole source, define how power is defined for at least one of the three schools of Taoisms: Efficient, Augmented, or Vicarious.

Your initial response should supply a quote from the text as well as your analysis. 

When responding to another’s response, you should either support or argue against their interpretation by utilizing a further quote as well as supplying more analysis.

Confucius and the Analects

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Due on November 21, 2017



“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
― Confucius

Using the supplied excerptfrom the Analects provided, consider the above quote while answering the following prompt.
Explain how the twin concepts of jen and li, which are often said to constitute the basis of Confucianism are reflected in the above quote and in the Analects.

Your responses should cite atleast three examples from the text to demonstrate your knowledge of Confucianism.








Buddhism: Renunciation of Self.

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Your initial post is due by February 27, 2019.Final post are  due by March 5, 2019

Enlightenment
Buddhism is a religion, philosophy and way of life that stresses the renunciation of self.The Buddha sought to help lead others to the path to enlightenment by proclaiming the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path as the basis to achieve Nirvana  Thus, Buddhist literature such as The Dhammapada constantly echoes these elements as a guide to becoming awakened.
For this blog, students will read the selection of The Dhammapada provided and using evidence from this sacred text discuss why and how “self” needs to conquered utilizing their knowledge of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
Students must use a minimum of three unique examples (do not repeat other's assertions) in their posts. Students that utilize evidence (citations from the reading) in their responses will be rewarded with a better evaluation. When citing, please, please let your fellow classmates know which cha…

Hinduism and the Bhagavada-Gita

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Your initial post is due by January 30, 2019.Final post are  due by February 5, 2019

"Song of the Lord"

“The restlessness that you feel in this world and the unhappiness that characterizes your daily life will tell you that life in this world, as a human being is not complete. If human life is complete, you would be happy always and no problem would be facing you. There would be no anxiety of any kind if human life is the last point, the terminus.”
Using the supplied excerpt of the Bhagavad-Gita provided, consider the above quote while answering the following prompt. Your response should cite at least three examples from the text and demonstrate your knowledge Hinduism.
What, according to Krishna, is the proper mode of human action (karma)?  How is the relationship between action (karma) and duty (dharma) discussed in the poem?