RELI 448N Week 4 Midterm Exam (Q & A)
Question 1. (TCO 4) Compare and contrast Sigmund Freud's theory as to the origin of religions with William James' theory. How does each of these psychologists view religion (positively or negatively)? Then analyze how the insights of Freud or James might illuminate your religious tradition or the tradition with which you are most familiar. How would Freud or James understand that tradition? Use specific examples to support your answer (e.g., a specific belief or ritual).
Question 2. (TCO 8) Identify and describe four key concepts of the Upanishads. Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.
Question 3. (TCO 9) Identify and analyze the Theravada and Mahayana forms of Buddhism. Include in this answer: a) specific countries where they are found; b) differing views of the Buddha; and c) differing ideals as to how one should live one's life. Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.
Question 4. (TCO 10) Identify and describe three ethical mandates of Jainism. Then evaluate the benefits and risks of putting so much emphasis on asceticism. Make sure you use enough detail to support your answer.