Analyze the similarities and differences in the primary beliefs held by major religious traditions and the cultures in which these religions evolved.

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World View Chart Assignments
Due Weeks 2 through 10 and worth 35 points each week, with a total of 315 points.

A world view is a fundamental or basic orientation of thinking – like a mindset – which guides a culture and / or a person’s life. Like a point of view, it can be built of concepts, ideas, values, emotions, and ethics. Weltanschauung is the German word for this idea. Your goal for this course is to understand the world views of these various religions. In order to prepare you for your final assignment, you will outline the world views of various religions in the chart below, adding to it each week.

Please take a few moments to prepare and review a sample completed World View Chart below to use as a template for Weeks’ 2-9 World View Chart assignments. There is one more version you might like in Week 2 as well.

Please note: you are required to write full sentences, with correct grammar, etc., as for any paper. This is NOT just a chart to jot or paste notes into for the final paper. You may use it to write the final paper and the better you do now, the easier that assignment will be. Read the instructions carefully. You are to use APA style for in-text citations and for the full reference for each category/chart.

When there is more than one religion, you should do a chart for each one or a combination chart on the two religions in that week. One of the templates says ‘ one religion per chart’ so some students pick one of the two. You need to write information about each religion, except Zoroastrianism.

For this assignment, students will complete the weekly area of the chart, filling in the aspects of each religion as it is presented in the readings and resources. This chart, when complete, will be the starting point for the written assignment, due in Week 10.

For each weekly submission:

Review the weekly lectures and supplemental materials provided, then complete the chart by elaborating on each section related to the weekly content.
Identify key details and examples from the weekly resources to serve as a basis for the content being recorded in your chart.
Write clearly and coherently using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics.


Origin of All Things

Nature of God

View of Human Nature

View of Good and Evil

View of “Salvation”

View of After Life

Practices and Rituals

Celebrations and Festivals

Week 2
Hinduism and Jainism

Week 3

Week 4
Daoism and

Week 5
Shinto and

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Analyze what is meant by religion.
Analyze the similarities and differences in the primary beliefs held by major religious traditions and the cultures in which these religions evolved.
Describe the varieties of religious experience and practice in a wide range of cultures.
Recognize how daily life within various religions and current affairs are influenced by religion.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in religion.
Write clearly and concisely about world religions using proper writing mechanics.

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