Week 4 Milestone: The Religious Approach to Social Issues
As you have read, all religious traditions share three basic characteristics from which we may analyze the religion and compare it to other religions. For your Final Project, you will focus on a single pillar of analysis from which you will engage in a deeper study of a religious tradition.
For this worksheet activity, you will consider a contemporary social issue from the perspective of your selected religious tradition within the context of your selected pillar of analysis. Some suggested social issues for you to consider are listed here. However, feel free to select a social issue that is of interest to you even if it is not shown in the list.
Suggested social issues:
- Climate change
- Unequal distribution of wealth
- Capital punishment
In the writing space below, identify the social issue you chose to explore. Then, write a 100- to 150-word paragraph in which you analyze your selected religious tradition’s worldview as it relates to your chosen social issue. Be sure to explore the following ideas:
- Why is this social issue of particular importance to adherents of your chosen religious tradition?
- What actions have adherents of your religious tradition taken to effect change related to the social issue?
- In what ways have these actions affected people both within and outside the selected religion’s sacred canopy?
My chosen social issue is:
Submit your 100- to 150-word paragraph here. Be sure to include at least two references to an academically relevant source, either from our classroom, the Walden Library, or Google Scholar, that supports your exploration of this social issue.