History & Beliefs and Sacred Practices- Group task

Respond to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words, for a total of 900 words total.

History & Beliefs (Chapter 8, pp. 235-274)

Sacred Practices (Chapter 8, pp. 275-294)

History & Beliefs (Chapter 9, pp. 296-346)

Sacred Practices (Chapter 9, pp. 347-375)

Textbook: Fisher, Mary Pat. Living Religions, 9th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall), 2011. ISBN: 0-205-83585-6

Group 1

  1. What does it mean to be Jewish today? Select two of the major branches of this faith—Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist—and answer this question by comparing and contrasting the perspectives of these groups.

  2. What was the role of the Temple for ancient Judaism? What role has it played in Jewish memory since the destruction of the Second Temple?

  3. What relationship does the nation of Israel have to Jewish identity and faith?

  4. What questions about the nature of God have arisen in response to the Holocaust? What kinds of answers have been proposed?

Group 2

  1. Explain the issues which led to the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  2. A controversial Catholic figure, Alfred Loisy (1857-1940), is quoted as saying, “Jesus preached the kingdom of God, but we wound up with the Church.” What do you think he meant by this, and how might this saying apply today?

  3. Briefly explain the development of the Protestant Reformation, highlighting the most important issues raised in this movement.

  4. Compare and contrast the views of a fundamentalist vs. a social gospel approach to Christianity.

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