1st Quarter


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"Religion in the paleolithic era  (2.6 million years ago to around 10,000 years ago) was not institutionalized nor was the concept well-developed.

 Paleolithic people believed in animism or spirits that controlled their environment and animals around them.

Small stone statues of pregnant women may suggest worship of fertility or nature.

They usually buried their dead."








The Church and World Religions
Ms. Strausbaugh  2014-2015

First Quarter Grading and Requirements:

1. Homework (40%): Readings and assignments from the text. Given in class.

2. Project (30%) "Create Your Own Religion"  DUE: October 10. Typed, double spaced. Instructions above.

3. Quarter Test (30%) "Create and Take Your Own Test"  DUE: October 25. Instructions above.


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The Church and World Religion
Ms. Strausbaugh  2013-2014

Requirements: Every Quarter 

One Test (50%):              Class notes, discussions and assigned readings

Two Assignments (50%):  Assignment must be a minimum of two pages, typed     and double spaced, unless otherwise specified in the syllabus.  Please write the honor code on all work.

Due dates

            Assignment #1 … 9/18

            Assignment #2 … 10/11

            Test #1 …             10/21   

Please choose ONE from the following assignment choices:

  1. Quiet time and journal keeping:  A minimum of five days, at least twenty minutes each time.  A journal entry of at least one paragraph must accompany each day.  The choice of what you do during that time is up to you.  However it should be something that ‘makes you happy’ and something that you have not done for some time e.g. taking time to help your mom or dad make dinner, talking to a friend whom you haven’t spoken to in a long time, visiting a grandparent whom you haven’t visited in a while, taking meditation time, talking to someone with whom you have had an argument to try to settle the conflict; etc.
  2. Doing a good deed.  Must be something done intentionally (It cannot be something that you have already done.  It must be done specifically for this project).  A one page typed reflection needs to accompany the assignment. 
  3. Create a symbol that you feel expresses suffering.  This may be a personal form of suffering or suffering in general.  Explain your creation in a one page reflection.

    Create a piece of art or symbol that represents some loss or pain that you have gone through.  Again please explain your creation in a one page reflection.
  1. A project of your own creation.  This must pre-approved by your teacher.
  2. Create an in-class meditation from either an Eastern perspective.  Two-three people may develop this meditation.  It must be a minimum of fifteen minutes in length.  It must also authentically express through readings, symbols, prayers, music and rituals Eastern mentality.  You must hand in an outline of the meditation at least one day before the actual meditation.
  3. Fasting from a luxury (Facebook, Phone, Music, Looking in a mirror, chocolate etc.).  A written journal recounting your fast must be handed in.  This is a ‘five consecutive day’ assignment and will be explained further in class.

7.  Create a visual representation or symbol (painting, sculpture etc.) of Eastern thought. Type a one page explanation of your creation.

8.  In a two page reflection please discuss how either the movie Karate Kid part I or Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back reflects eastern thought.  Please use  specific examples from the
     movie of your choice to clarify your thoughts.     


Readings for the first quarter.

            1.  Handouts given in class and put on Blackboard

2. TEXT: