Week 5: Assignment 1
Religious Life on Planet Earth
Prepared for Professor Laila Ghauri
REL 212, Strayer University
July 30, 2012
As an alien who has landed on planet Earth, I would have to base the criteria on what my location is. The first thing is to observe the area that I am in as it may be different than other parts of the world. To some, religion consists of explanations of existence (or ultimate meaning) based on supernatural assumptions and including statements about the nature of the supernatural, which may specify methods or procedures for exchanging with the supernatural. In using the term supernatural, this is explained as somewhat mysterious forces or ...view middle of the document...
335). What will help me is to observe their rituals and how they live their lives to truly understand what religion may look like.
Christianity is a faith based on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Fisher, 2011, p. 298). In 1970, Christianity was about forty-three percent non-Western, whereas today it is about sixty-five percent people who are non-Western (Fisher, 2011, p. 368). One of the main criteria of being a Christian is that there needs to be the belief that there is one God, which is known as monotheism (Fisher, 2011, p. 10), and that he created the world and its inhabitants in seven days. God expects humans to live in his divine view of justice and love. Christians uphold this expectation by loving and serving God through their life using the Bible as their guide.
The heart of Islam is not the Prophet but the revelations that were received. This is known as the Qur’an (interpreted as reading or reciting) (Fisher, 2011, p. 388). Recitation of this is thought to have a healing, soothing effect, but can also bring protection, guidance, and knowledge, according to Islamic tradition. It is considered critical to be in a purified state when reciting from this because the words are so powerful that the one who recites it takes on a great responsibility (Fisher, 2011, p. 389). Islam is an Arabic term meaning submission. Followers of this faith are called Muslims, which means submitter in Arabic (Stark, 2007, p. 358). The basic spiritual practices of Muslims are based on the Five Pillars. A Muslim must do his or her best to fulfill the Five Pillars because they are considered God’s commandments (Fisher, 2011, p. 396).
Like Islam, Hinduism requires that followers observe life rituals. There is no single founder, devotional tradition, or...