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Appropriate thesis

Religion is not developed or practiced in a vacuum. It influences and is influenced by almost everything else found in culture—food, sexual practice and taboos, rites of passage (birth, marriage, death), entertainment (music, movies, art, literature, sports), healing arts, and understandings of the natural world.
For this project, the student will choose a topic of interest and show the impact of religion(s). Some broad examples might be: Christian expression in NASCAR, the reflection of Shinto in a piece of Japanese anime (choose one movie/book/game), Buddhism and Kung Fu (many martial arts practices are based in religion), Jewish history and belief in regard to tattoo body art. The possibilities are endless. The subject area will need to be precise and manageable. Do not write about Christianity in American politics, for instance, but rather about the Christian voice in the debate on gay marriage in the United States.
For topic ideas, read through the final pages of each chapter in your book. Contemporary challenges and cultural influences will often be discussed on these pages. Ask friends, other teachers, coaches, or family members for ideas. Consider religious topics in the news or google information as a way to find a topic. (Googled information cannot, however, be used in the paper.)
Sources may not be “googled” or come from sources such as Wikipedia or Ask.com, though these sites may help you find keywords for exploring the databases.
Personal interviews cannot be used in this paper. Do not share your opinion or personal experiences.
Sources must be relevant to the paper topic. If you are exploring Confucianism in Mulan, you need sources that point out Confucius teachings in that movie. As this is a research paper, do not take the expert role and draw your own conclusions, for instance citing instances of Confucian belief in the movie. Instead, research and write about what other experts have said on this topic.
Use careful MLA style and formatting. Avoid plagiarism by citing ALL sources in the text of the manuscriipt. This includes quotations, certainly, but also a body of information you learned from a specific source and which you have put in your own words. At the end of that body of information (a paragraph, for instance), simply cite your source in parentheses. Avoid long quotations, or an abundance of direct quotes. It is best to put information in your own words, and then cite the source.
This is a research paper. Do not take a side or try to make an argument. Present the information found in expert source material. With controversial topics, balance the paper by reflecting arguments from all sides. Do not include personal experience, opinion, or pronouns. This is a third-person paper.
When writing the paper, do not recount the storyline of a movie/book/television show.
Papers that do not meet the required minimum criteria will be rejected.
Minimum Criteria:
MLA format
Meets minimum word requirement
Meets assignment criteria
Appropriate thesis
Appropriate sources
Proper in-text citations (no plagiarism)
This paper must be an original piece of work produced by the student. Do not copy or borrow material from previous student papers or the internet. When you submit your paper, it will automatically go through Turnitin.com. If this shows your paper has been plagiarized in any way, the paper will be rejected and given an “F.” Do not submit your paper to the Turnitin application before submitting it to Canvas. This will give you a 100% plagiarized score and I will reject the paper.

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Why it is interesting to you, and, what the image calls or connects to within you.

While you review the slide images, pay attention to and take time to reflect on which slide(s) ‘speaks to you’ or resonates with your senses.
Be prepared to share your slide choice (s) ,
why it is interesting to you, and, what the image calls or connects to within you.
Is there a connection to these sacred images/places for some, most, all humans? If so, what do you think that is?

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For this research paper: proposal assignment, you will include the topic you have chosen and an explanation of the topic/research intent.

You will write a research paper on a topic in the field of child counseling. For this Research Paper: Proposal Assignment, you will include the topic you have chosen and an explanation of the topic/research intent.
TOPIC: Effects of divorce on children

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(page 419)

Instructions: Each response should demonstrate that you read the content, include a citation, and be a minimum of 200 words. Reading: Sheehan, Medicine, Health, and Catholic Themes (attached)
Writing prompt: Sheehan raises the question of medical ethics. What issues within medicine do you consider controversial? (page 419)

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• read circumcision of the heart

Week 1

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Welcome to Week 1.
Welcome to Theology of John Wesley! In the weeks ahead you will learn about one of the most significant figures in the history of Western Civilization. Many historians believe that it was the Methodist Revival, led by Wesley, that spared the blood shed of the French Revolution from taking place in England.
His story is a very human one. He wanted assurance that he was pleasing to God and did everything he knew to do to attain it. Finally, he came to the end of himself and God broke into his experience and transformed his heart. Following this experience he developed a doctrine that is among the most hopeful in Christian theology. It is the idea that we can live lives free of the bondage of sin…that we can become the men and women God intends for us to be. The failures of the past no longer need dominate us, and our heart can be turned outward toward God and others.
As we go on this journey search your heart and reflect on your own path to Jesus. See if there is something that John Wesley discovered that you may have been searching for your whole life. You won’t regret it.
To prepare for this week’s learning, read/watch the items below:
• Read Chapters 1 and 2 in the Collins text
• Read John Wesley’s sermon Circumcision of the Heart
WK1 Devotional

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 1:1-3, 10-13 New International Version
A Reason For Hope
The Corinthian church was plagued with immorality and dissension…yet Paul refers to them as “sanctified.” One of the things to keep in mind is that God’s sanctifying grace (grace that sets us apart for God’s use) begins a work in our hearts subsequent to salvation, but it takes time to do its work in our lives.
Practically speaking, humans are a web of complexities and contradictions. Some we are aware of…and some we are not. It takes time for us to work with the Holy Spirit to untangle these things.
The good news is that there is nothing that is broken within us that the Holy Spirit cannot fix. We will always have distinctive personalities that sometimes come with “quirks.” However, the brokenness within you that keeps you from being the man/woman, husband/wife, father/mother, son/daughter that you feel in your heart that you were created to be can be healed and made new.
This is what makes John Wesley’s teaching on entire sanctification one of the most hopeful doctrines in Christian theology. It’s a hope worth pursuing. What is something that you would like to see Jesus do in your own heart as we study together in this class?
WK1 Wesley’s Early Years Discussion

Objective: Discuss John Wesley’s upbringing and influences.
Historical context is vital when discussing the thoughts of individuals in the distant past. In the case of John Wesley, he was profoundly influenced by his mother Suzanna Wesley. In this forum, after doing your research, discuss the upbringing and influences upon John Wesley’s life and how they contributed to his spiritual development.
• Read chapter 1 of your Collins text.
• Find at least one article about Suzanna Wesley.
WK1 “Circumcision of the Heart” Summary

Instructions
Objective: Summarize Wesley’s Sermon 17, “The Circumcision of the Heart.”
In this sermon, Wesley talks about the radical internal change that can take place through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Summarize his Scriptural foundation for this sermon and write a summary that follows the train of thought in his argument.
• Read Circumcision of the Heart
• Write a 1-2 page essay summarizing “Circumcision of the Heart” and ensure the following points are addressed.
o Scriptural foundations
o A paragraph summarizing Wesley’s main point
o An ordered summary of how he makes his case
All written assignments should be formatted using APA.
WK1 Wesley’s Early Spiritual Search Paper

Instructions
Objective: Analyze Wesley’s Early Spiritual Journey.

Wesley was very human. He was more focused on his spiritual condition than most, but his early life (and even later life) has some ambiguity, inconsistency, and failure. After completing the reading and your own research, discuss Wesley’s journey highlighting the internal struggle and ways that struggle played out in both his thought and action during his time at Oxford University with his “Holy Club.”
• Read chapter 2 of your Collins text.
• Write a 1-2 page paper that summarizes this era of his life. What motivated him? What did he feel was missing in his
All written assignments should be formatted using APA.
WK1 Application to Christian Experience Reflection

Instructions
Objective: Apply Wesley’s Writings to Christian Experience.
You read “The Circumcision of the Heart” for your previous discussion. Reflect on the sermon and apply it to a twenty-first-century context. How would this sermon “cash out” in the present? What might this kind of Christian life look like lived out? Be sure to reference the sermon for the points you are trying to make. Use at least three quotes from the sermon in your reflection paper.
• Read Circumcision of the Heart
• Write a two-page reflection paper.
All written assignments should be formatted using APA.

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From your reading in everyday bible study, describe 3 concepts that improved, adjusted, or clarified your knowledge of the bible.

After reading the selected chapters in Everyday Bible Study (Chapters 32-39), identify the following items:
From your reading in Everyday Bible study, describe 3 concepts that improved, adjusted, or clarified your knowledge of the Bible.
From your reading in Everyday Bible Study, explain 2 ideas that you believe are crucial to remember when studying the various genres of the Bible and why these two ideas are crucial.
From your reading in Everyday Bible Study, show 1 way that understanding the various genres of the Bible could aid in Bible study.

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On chapter 4 you will see on the syllabus….

I need assistance in finishing chapters 4 and 5. I have all necessary material and documents that will be needed to finish. If any additional information is needed, contact me via email. On chapter 4 you will see on the syllabus…. “Overview and Evaluation of the Data Generated by Project” can be one topic. I should only write and put into words what the data generated. You might have questions for me….just read out. This is totally Turban writing style.

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I know that this essay is about a site visit and that you may not be in the area of the specific church i mentioned, but i think it would be ok for the paper to be more describing the ideas and general experience in that religion vs actual interviews.

This paper will be a religious site visit paper on I religion I’m not a part of, in this case, I picked Christianity and the site I picked was a Church called St. Agatha Catholic Church. The instructions on this are attached. I’ve also attached the earlier assignments that the class had me do to prepare me for the paper. This is to help you get a feel for the writing I do and the style of the professor. Lastly, the professor specifically asked to have any direct quotes or citations separate from the 1200-word count. Also of the sources used four must be scholarly. I know that this essay is about a site visit and that you may not be in the area of the specific Church I mentioned, but I think it would be ok for the paper to be more describing the ideas and general experience in that religion vs actual interviews.
p.s. Please message me if you have any questions that we can discuss if you need more information.

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If not, why not?

I included the “Selby Romance and the Male Secular Body” article that I need reviewed. I also included an example article review. The review should be around 2 pages long.
Here are some possible steps that you can follow in developing your analysis (I emphasize “possible”
because these are suggested questions rather than a fixed template. Some questions will be more
relevant to some articles than others.)
1. Identify and briefly describe the topic and central argument of the article. What is the subject matter
of the essay? What argument does the author make about the material? What other possible arguments
and interpretations does the article attempt to refute?
2. Discuss how the author supports the essay’s argument. How does the essay’s argument unfold? What
sources does the author use? Why would these sources be relevant to the argument of the essay? How
would you characterize the academic approach (ie., historical, sociological, anthropological, literary
critical)?
3. Develop your own analysis of the article’s persuasiveness and success in accomplishing its goal. Do
you believe the essay’s argument in convincing? If so, why? If not, why not? What other kinds of
questions might the article have considered that would have been relevant to the essay? What kinds of
contributions might this essay make to the study of religion? That is, what kinds of broader problems
does the article help to explain (or fail to explain)?
Paper Format
The paper should approximate the style of an academic book review. This means that your heading
should be a bibliographic citation of the article (any style is fine) followed by a line stating “Reviewed By
[Your name].” One difference in format from an academic book review is that while most are single
spaced, the text of your paper should be double spaced (although the header citation can be single
spaced).
So your paper should begin like this:
Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Article Title.” Journal Title volume number (Publication Date):
page numbers.
Reviewed By: You

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Does it influence my healthcare decisions?

Please use WORD, 12 font, single space responses next to the letter/item, then double space BETWEEN the prompts/letter questions.
QUESTIONS:
F Faith & Belief Do I have a spiritual belief that helps me cope with stress? With illness? What gives my life meaning?
I Importance Is this belief important to me? Does it influence how I think about my health? Does it influence my healthcare decisions?
C Community Do I belong to a spiritual community (church, temple, mosque or other group)? Am I happy there? Do I need to do more with the community? Do I need to search for another community? If I don’t have a community, would it help me if I found one?
A Action What should be my action plan? What changes do I need to make? Are there spiritual practices I want to develop? Would it help for me to see a spiritual director, or counselor?