Students are to complete a reflection essay on one event from the life and legacy of abraham.

Students are to complete a reflection essay on one event from the Life and Legacy of Abraham. Students are to follow the directions in the attachment below and submit their essay to the Turn It In Drop Box on Friday, October 21st by 8 AM. Students are to follow MLA format in their essay and use the sources provided as background material and defense for their argument of how they would respond if they were Abraham.

Do this exam by yourself; do not collaborate.

Th110 Fall 1/2022
Midterm Open Book Exam
DUE to me via email
Directions: Answer all of the following questions. This exam is open book/notes but you are not to copy and paste or simply copy. Compose your answers using your own words. Do this exam by yourself; do not collaborate.
Compose your answers in an email and send them to me at cmurphy@saintpeters.edu. Make sure your name and the word “midterm” are in the subject heading of your email. THE EXAM IS DUE AT 11PM ON October 9th.
This exam is worth 20 points. The first four questions are worth 3 points each; questions five and six are worth 4 points each, making the total 20 points. Your grade will be posted in the My Grades section of Blackboard.
(1.) All religious traditions have a “story” – whether you believe in that particular religion or not dictates whether the story is real or not for you. Why do you think that myths persist in our modern society? What function do they serve?
(2.) Discuss the role of the shaman in the Native American AND any other religious tradition.
(3.) Name three well-known Hindu deities. Give me two pieces of information about each, and also tell me the specific role they play in the Hindu religion.
(4.) How/why did the caste system develop in India, and what are its religious roots? Then explain this phrase: “If you do your dharma, you get good karma.”
(5.) Give me two reasons why the Neolithic period allowed for the development of “religion”. Then, using any religion that you are familiar with (your own or something you have read about for this course), select any three of the common features of primitive religions I presented in the notes, and tell me where they show up in current religious practices.
(6.) Show me how the three main teachings of the Buddha (Four Noble Truths, Middle Way, Eightfold Path) blend together fluidly in specific Buddhist practices.

According to the christian faith, the moral life is inextricably bound up with the truth about the good of the human person, so that we must make free choices that are truly for our good in order to attain our fulfillment.

The modern era is marked by a love for freedom. Modernity’s love for freedom is depicted well in the final scene in the movie Braveheart, where the fearless Scotsman hero, William Wallace, in response to the English executioners who want him to submit to the king and beg for mercy, defiantly shouts instead, “Freedom!” Nonetheless, contemporary man tends to think of freedom as absolute autonomy or license to do any act “as long as you’re not hurting anyone else.” The modern era is also characterized by doubts and skepticism concerning claims of absolute truth in the moral life. Modernity, it seems, maintains that in questions of morality, either there are no absolute moral truths, or that all moral truth is relative to each individual person, or that, even if there are absolute moral truths, man cannot be confident that he has in fact discovered these truths. As John Paul II puts it in Veritatis Splendor, there is a “crisis of truth” today (VS § 32). From a Catholic Christian perspective, however, there is an objective moral order that can be known and must be followed in order to be truly happy. According to the Christian faith, the moral life is inextricably bound up with the truth about the good of the human person, so that we must make free choices that are truly for our good in order to attain our fulfillment. As St. John Paul II once put it, “Authentic freedom is not freedom from the truth but freedom for the truth.”
Please write a paper explaining the relationship between freedom and truth from a Catholic Christian perspective in the context of living a good moral life. In writing this paper, you must not only explain the Catholic Church’s position on freedom and truth and their relationship, but also contrast it with modernity’s misunderstanding of the nature of freedom, the nature of truth, and their relationship. Be sure to bring in law and conscience in your discussion.
Sources:
1) St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor.
https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_06081993_veritatis-splendor.html
2) the Catechism of the Catholic Church
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
3) John Rziha, The Christian Moral Life
The paper must have: (1) a clear title; (2) a clear and coherent introduction and conclusion; (3) a clear thesis statement; (4) a well-organized explanation in the main body of the paper that supports the thesis statement; and (5) accurate and proper citations. This paper must be typewritten, 4–6 pages long, double-spaced, in 12 point font. It must follow the Chicago Manual of Style for citing sources and using footnotes.

Write in a word processor and it should be about 1.3 pages double-spaced, using times new roman font.

Listen to this entire commencement speech by the late author David Foster Wallace (This is water). Write a 300 word reaction to Foster Wallace’s claim that we all worship something and that there is no such thing as atheism. Produce an argument agreeing or disagreeing with Wallace. Based on his logic, and however you define religion, would that make all people inherently religious?
A reflection does not require finished or perfected thinking, but does ask for your genuine thoughts on the matter.
For reflections, it helps to give yourself — and your readers — examples of the ideas or concepts you are reflecting on.
Write in complete sentence(s).
If you choose to use an outside reference, cite your sources. Remember, all work is to be in MLA format.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue OWL.
Using MLA Format. The Modern Language Association.
Write in a word processor and it should be about 1.3 pages double-spaced, using Times New Roman font.

Write a reading response to the given reading.

Write a Reading Response to the given Reading.
This written response should be a reflective essay that record your thoughts about and responses.
Citating source is not required.
Please provide me the Plagiarism check report since the professor is very strict in terms of plagiarism and uses Turnitin to check. Therefore, none should be better.
Reading: “Devadatta” chapter of the Lotus Sutra attached.

Why?

Please use the following prompt to write a reflection essay of ca 1000 words (4 double-spaced typewritten pages):
Mark O’Connell interprets transhumanism as a religious movement seeking nothing less than total liberation and salvation from the body via technology. He also suggests that transhumanism could equally be seen as a total enslavement to machine technology. With reference to the Genesis stories regarding the “knowledge of good and evil” and/or the “tower of Babel,” which interpretation is more accurate in your view? Why? In your reflection please feel free to discuss Ray Kurzweil’s claims about “the age of spiritual machines” and/or the images of our world in the age of the Anthropocene presented in one of the films by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky.