|· State the name of the Religion being addressed in this chart.
· Please address ONLY ONE (1) religion per chart. If there is more than one religion for the week, do two charts.
|ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS|
|Every religion has a cosmology/cosmogony to explain its view of the universe and the place of humans in it. Explain the cosmology/cosmogony for this week’s religion. Explain how it is manifested in the subsequent worldview that develops for that religion.|
|NATURE OF GOD/CREATOR|
|In what way does this religion have a God or gods? How does this worship of deity/deities reflect the cosmology of the religion? If the religion has no God/gods, in what way does this absence reflect their cosmology?|
|VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE|
|· State how this religion views human beings. What is human nature according to this religion? Why does the view of human nature matter?
· If you cannot identify how this religion defines human beings, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t.
|VIEW OF GOOD & EVIL|
|· State how this religion defines the concept of good and evil.
· How does this definition or understanding impact the way adherents to the religion live their daily lives?
|VIEW OF SALVATION|
|· All religions suggest that human beings are faced with a “problem” that needs to be overcome. What is the “problem” this religion identifies? Is this problem intrinsic or extrinsic for the person? Is it individually manifested or is it a collective problem?|
|VIEW OF AFTERLIFE|
|· What does this religion teach about “what comes next” after all is said and done? In what do adherents of this religion place their hope for any future life or existence? Describe the impact this belief or non-belief impacts the person daily life and the structures of society. With such a view of the after-life, what type of societal structures or institutions would we expect to develop in the culture?
|PRACTICES AND RITUALS|
|· How do members of this religion “practice” their “faith?”
· What ceremonies, or rituals, do they use to help pass this religion on to the next generation? If you cannot identify how this religion is practiced, offer a suggestion as to why it doesn’t have any rituals or practices.
|CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS|
|· Identify one or two celebrations and/or festivals that members of this religion use to express their beliefs in public, or in private.
Why do religions develop celebrations and/or festivals? How are these different from practices and rituals?