Research Essay Guidelines
Essays must be between 6 – 8 pages in length, with a minimum of four reference sources. All papers must be carefully documented with precise references for all quotations (direct and indirect), paraphrases, and derived ideas, information and interpretations. Bibliography must contain at least 4 items (books or journal articles), placed on the final page of the essay. Do not use any internet sources. Do not use any encyclopedia or dictionary sources.Do not use course notes as a reference source.
The term “Religion” does not only relate to the monotheistic religions we practice or with any single tradition, deity, belief or institution. Rather we can see how religion manifests itself through cross-cultural forms, including myth, ritual, systems of purity and gods.
We also need to focus on the political and social effects of religion.It is important to situate religion in its historical, social and political contexts.We need to focus on the way religion legitimates or challenges dominant visions of the social order.Religion as portrayed through popular culture helps us deal with the insecurities and catastrophes of living.
Cinema employs many myth motifs: the fight between hero and monster, initiatory combats and ordeals, classic figures and images (the maiden, hero, the paradise landscape, hell, etc).
Hero stories include the rite of passage: separation-initiation-return.
a hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder; fabulous forces are encountered and a decisive victory is won; the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his/her fellow humans.
Christian themes and values: the finality of death, resurrection, the experience of grace, sacrifice, love, forgiveness, friendship, loyalty, compassion, courage, miracles, messiah figure/saviour, morality, martyrdom, suffering, selflessness, trinity, immaculate conception, trinity, heaven, paradise, sin, hell, end of time, apocalypse (final judgement, punish the wicked).
Buddhist themes and ideals: suffering, four noble truths (truth of suffering, origin is desire or craving, cessation of desire and suffering), eightfold path (the eight areas of self-improvement include right view, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, meditation or concentration), reincarnation, cycle of rebirth, karma, becoming the Buddha, nirvana, interconnectedness, no permanence, Mara: overcoming desire and greed, lust, temptation, boredom, and ignorance.
The “other” (evil, monster, ignorant, backwards, undeveloped, has different values, is from a different class, is a different race, ethnicity or gender: Christian West versus the Orient); anti-Christian beliefs such as polytheism, witchcraft (consulting the dead, interpreting omens, casting spells, passing through fire, astrology, talking to spirits and ghosts, performing magic), demon worship; the evil or monster represents anti-Western beliefs – Western beliefs ofscience and logic, democracy and intellect.
Religion Research Essay Guidelines Religion Essays must be between 6 – 8 pages in length, with a minimum of four reference sources. All papers […]