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Religious Expressions, Practices & Leadership

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O Describes these basic components of religious traditions and their relationship to the sacred:

â?¢ What a religious tradition saysâ?"its teachings, texts, doctrine, stories, myths, and others
â?¢ What a religious tradition doesâ?"worship, prayer, pilgrimage, ritual, and so forth
â?¢ How a religious tradition organizesâ?"leadership, relationships among members, and so forth

o Identifies key critical issues in the study of religion.

o Includes specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week One readings that honor the sacredâ?"such as rituals of the Igbo to mark life events, the vision quest as a common ritual in many Native American societies, or the influence of the shaman as a leader. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.

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Solution Summary

This solution describes the main critical issues conerning what religious traditions say, do, and how their leaders function, and it gives appropriate examples for each category. One issue concerns the distinction between the oral and written traditions. Another critical issue is to determine what the teaching or text or story or myth is doing for the religion. They define the identity of the community and give the individual and community access to the sacred during special times, seasonal and explain where the world and the people came from. Sometimes the leaders intercede for the people as a channel of of supernatural power and/or divine grace. This solution is over 900 words and is filled with examples.

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