Assignment: Analyzing Religions

Assignment: Analyzing Religions

Assignment: Analyzing Religions

Analyzing Religions

The US culture has a broad spectrum of religious affiliations and religiosity. As a result of interacting with people who share similarities, people seldom evaluate the main premises of other religions. This assignment will give you the opportunity to explore two religions that are new to you.

 

Using Argosy University online library resources, identify and research

 

  • Two religions which are unfamiliar to you.
  • Select two peer-reviewed academic resources on these selected religions.

 

Based on your research, complete the following:

 

  • Compare and contrast these religions from an anthropological perspective.
  • Describe the history of the religion. Be sure to include the following:
    • When and how it was first founded
    • Details of initial leaders of the movement and spread of the religion
  • Explain the main principles of each religion’s belief systems, the religious texts—if utilized—and the significant practices.
  • Examine the role religious leaders have in these religions as well as the roles devotees or followers play.
  • Describe how the religions view at least three varying social norms or cultural issues.
  • Examine how these two religions coexist in a globalized world.

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Support your statements with examples. Be sure to include a list of scholarly references.

 

Write a 3–4-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.