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World Religions: Topics

Possible Topics

Humankind’s Relationship to God- Compare humankind’s relationship to God as seen by various religions.

Martyrdom – The meaning of the word martyrdom as it comes from the word “martyr” in its original Greek form which meant “witness”.

What is Sin? – What is sin and what do different societies consider sin.

Creationism

Creation in Buddhism – In the religious practice of Buddhism, creation is dramatically different than in other common belief systems.

Creation in Confucianism – Confucianism is a moral and social framework developed by the Chinese philosopher and government official, Confucius.

Creation Myths – Thus, despite dramatic differences in cultures, common elements are often at the heart of various cultures’ creation stories.

Creation in the Shinto Religion – The Japanese religion of Shintoism supports a creation story that revolves around the activities of the kami.

Creationists - Creationist research papers may examine recent trends in creationism ideology.

Eastern Religions

Ahimsa- a form of Indian religion which is called Jainism, and concepts of this religion.

Bhakti Yoga-  explore this as an aspect of the Hindu Religion.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – Hinduism has a trinity of gods, all of whom, however, are separate gods, as well as separate persons.

Buddha –  go into the life of Buddha and his formation of Buddhism.

Buddhism – explore the religion and the Dalai Lama.

Buddhism in China – investigate the spread of Buddhist teachings in a country where Confucianism rules.

Buddhist Monks – More than 2500 years ago, the historical Gautama Buddha embarked on his spiritual journey by searching out and following the many popular gurus of India and Nepal.

Comparing Hinduism and Buddhism-  delve into their similarities and differences

The Four Noble Truths-  the core of the Buddhist philosophy.

Four Paths – The Four Paths of Hinduism are becoming closer to God through knowledge, love, work, and psychophysical exercises (yoga).

Hinduism – look at this complex practice.

Hinduism and Buddhism –  explore Buddhist beliefs and Hindu traditions.

Hinduism and God – examine the Hindu teaching that all paths are acceptable to reach God.

Hinduism and Reincarnation – To Hindus, the soul, or jiva, comes into the world through God’s power and passes through a series of higher life forms.

English Language Imperialism in the Islamic World – English Language Imperialism in the Islamic World.

Islam and Democracy – explore if the modern political institutions in Islamic nations contain a strong element of democracy that is manifested according to local conditions and the boundaries of the existing nation-state system.

Karma- look at it from Buddhism and Hinduism aspects.

Philosophy of the Kama Sutra – examine one of the most important readings of the Buddhist Religions.

Rinzai – Zen – The Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism was founded by Rinzai Gigen, who death is recorded on January 10, 866 A.D.

Taoism- the study of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu and how it incorporates religion, aesthetics, etc.

Zen Buddhism – dissect the sector of teaching by the Buddha that looks for enlightenment.

Judaism

Female Rabbis- discusses the different movements in religions, and their point of view about having women in different roles in the church.

Hasidism- research this Jewish religious movement as one of the most influential since the beginning.

Jesus as Rabbi –  explain how Jesus could be considered a Rabbi in a Synagogue.

Jews of the Diaspora-  delves into the Jewish immigration to a different region.

Judaism and Islam- examine the naming rituals and funeral practices of the two religions.

The Maccabees – The “Maccabees” was the name given to a Jewish family in Israel who led a revolution and died heroically for the right to worship God, as opposed to the pagan gods, during a thirty year period before the birth of Christ.

Major Religious Figures

Augustine – St. Augustine of Hippo is one of the most important philosophers in the history of mankind.

Biography of Muhammad – Biography of Muhammed term papers report on the life of the most famous Prophet of Islam.

Buddha – Buddha research papers go into the life of Buddha and his formation of Buddhism.

Cardinal Newman – Cardinal Newman was an essential figure in the Oxford Movement and the battle against Martin Luther.

Dalai Lama – Dalai Lama term papers give a biography of the religious and political leader who follows in the steps of Buddha.

Jesus Christ –  research his life and the influence on Christianity all over the world.

Julian of Norwich- Julian of Norwich Research Paper looks at a women who was a 14th century English mystic, and author of Sixteen revelations of divine love.

Leadership and the Dalai Lama – study the leader of Buddhism and his leadership traits.

Religious Issues

Anamism-  delves into the religious beliefs that everything is spiritual. This Dates back to Paleolithic Era.

Islam and Christianity – discuss that these religions are two of the three “Religious Giants” of the world.

Islam in the Modern World – discuss the animosity between the East and West with respect to Islam in the modern world.

Islam in Syria – An overall evaluation of the current practice and role of Islam in Syria.

Islamic Fundamentalism – explore the motivations behind militant Islamic fundamentalism.

Quran and the Bible – The major difference between Islam and Christianity lies in their religious texts.

Reincarnation Verses Resurrection – Compare and contrast the Hindu beliefs verses Christian beliefs of life after death.

Religious Place of Worship- compare places of worship in different religions

Shamanism- explore the duties and roles of the medicine men and women, and how to become a shaman.

System of Beliefs or Practices- compare beliefs or practices of other religions

Women in Islamic Society – The traditional role of women in Islamic society

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