Religion 25 Summary February-June 2009

General Outcomes 1: Explore how believing is integral to human living (8-18 hours). Investigate the role of truth, goodness, the spiritual and religious community in the search to believe (4-5 hours).

Focus: What does it mean to believe? What contributes to our beliefs? What do you believe? Can something come from nothing? Does God exist? Do humans have immortal soul? Do humans have free will? What does it mean to be a Christian in the world today?

Specific Topics:

  1. What does God think about us?
  2. What kind of person do I want to become?
  3. Basis of Belief.
  4. Important moments?
  5. Reflect on what you believe.
  6. I believe in music.
  7. Personal Essay Tips.
  8. Values
  9. Personal Writing Prompts
  10. What do you believe?

General Outcomes 2: Study the Bible as a source of Christian belief (11-17.5 hours). Understand the message of Jesus (21-42 hours). Identify ways in which Christians cooperate in bringing about the Reign of God (10-35 Hours).

Focus: What is the relationship between the Bible and Christian beliefs? How does the Catholic community understand the Bible? Why is Jesus important? What did Jesus teach? Can something come from nothing? Does God exist? Do humans have immortal soul? Do humans have free will? What does it mean to be a Christian in the world today?

Specific Topics:

  1. The last supper.
  2. The life of Jesus.
  3. Temptation.
  4. Jesus and the money changers.
  5. The teachings of Jesus.
  6. Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots.
  7. Pharisees and Jesus.
  8. The lost sheep.
  9. The prodigal son.
  10. The Rich Fool.
  11. The Golden Rule.
  12. Love of enemies.
  13. The treasure and the pearl.
  14. The Good Samaritan.
  15. Paralyzed.
  16. Blindness.
  17. The wild man of Gerasenes.
  18. Have no fear.
  19. Doing good works.
  20. The importance of love.

General Outcomes 3: Explore believing in the Great Religions of the East, Hinduism and Buddhism (8-12 hours).

Focus: How can we better understand the Great Religions of the East? Can something come from nothing? Does God exist? Do humans have immortal soul? Do humans have free will? What does it mean to be a Christian in the world today?

Specific Topics:

  1. Origins of Hinduism.
  2. Facts about Hinduism.
  3. The spread of Hinduism.
  4. Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma.
  5. Dharma.

Final Exam Hint:
Final Exam: Seven key themes of Social Justice What does it mean to be a Christian in the world today? What does the Catholic Church teach about Social Justice?

Religious Studies 25 Course General Outline
Religious Studies 25 Focus Questions: Believing is Integral to Human Living

Crossword Puzzle: “Who Am I?”

Create a “Who Am I?” crossword puzzle for your group/class.

  • get every person’s name to fit somewhere
  • get at least one descriptive adverb or adjective for each person in the group
  • get at least one favorite activity listed for each person

Example clues:

  1. a friendly boy, when he’s not playing basketball
  2. Bob’s favorite sport

Use the following, or similar, crossword puzzle maker.

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Personal Writing Prompts

Write a personal essay in response to one of the following:

  1. Most of us have been in a situation where we made a promise that for one reason or another we were unable to keep. When were you disappointed because someone made you a promise that they failed to keep? Or when did you break a promise that you made to someone else?
  2. All of us are works in progress with a long way to go before we reach our full potential. In what skill or area are you still working to make progress?
  3. Our society uses the word hero in many different ways? How do you define hero, and who is a hero in your life?
  4. We all tend to judge people by their appearances, even though looks can be deceiving. Have you ever prejudged someone incorrectly based on their appearance or has someone ever prejudged you unfairly based on how you look?
  5. Everyone has problems or challenges to overcome. What obstacles are you proud to have faced and conquered?
  6. There is a famous adage: “To err is human, to forgive divine.” When did you feel divine because you were able to forgive someone for their mistake? When did someone act divine by forgiving you when you were wrong?

So I was listening to Music from the Junos . . .(RS25)

The lyrics from K-OS’s, “Heaven Only Knows,” struck a chord with something we had been discussing in class about “mysticism.”

Discuss the following K-OS lyrics based on what we’ve learned when comparing Western and Eastern Mysticism.

Have a careful listen to a variety of current or classic tunes by a variety of recording artists.

Which artists demonstrate our understanding of Western Mysticism, which are clearly Eastern, are any a little of each?

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An Exodus Within(RS 25)

The Forth Dimension Sophie was introduced to Aristotle. Ideas no longer belong to a realm of their own, but somehow the idea is within the thing. Aristotle could explain this by talking of sculptures and stone.

Review what was said earlier about Plato and art. Discuss Aristotle’s take on the place of ideas and art.

Search for a thumbnail of an art work from the Louvre.


When the basic needs are met, then what?(RS 25)

Today we asked if there was something all humans strive for after all needs have been met. Of course, only a philosopher can imagine a world in which all needs could be met.

But there must be something to the question asked of Sophie: Is there something else that all humans, all times and all places, need?

Maslow can help.

Should Believing Be Uncomfortable?(RS 25)

What do you believe?
Who are you?
Why are you here?
Where is here?
Why is there evil in the world?

Sophie has begun a journey to discover these, and many other, questions. What questions is she asking, what questions have been asked of her?

What questions trouble you?

Plato’s Mimetic Theory of Art(RS 25)

Have a look at this powerpoint file here. Wikipedia additional terms needed to answer the following:

Given that what we experience of reality is merely a simulation in our minds, then all art is a simulation of a simulation.

Is art useless?

In our engineered age, an age of HDTV, megapixels images, colour laser printers, virtual reality, 3D games, are we moving toward or away from art forms that Plato would consider more useful?

What is the future of art?

Can a form of communication, art, be enhanced to the point that it is no more than a mirror of reality?

If art is supposed to mirror reality, wouldn’t a mirror be the cheaper way to go?

Mirrors, we’ve talked about mirrors. Hmmm.

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