Respond questions fro the Textbook – Living Religions

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to one question from Group I and one question from Group II, then
respond to one more question from either group (your choice), for a
total of three questions answered. Each response should be 300 words,
for a total of 900 words total.

Fisher, Mary Pat. 
9th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall), 2011. ISBN:

and Beliefs (Chapter 10, pp. 376-405)

Spread of Islam (Chapter 10, pp. 406-433)

(Chapter 11, pp. 434-458)

Religious Movements (Chapter 12, pp. 459-495)

in the 21st Century (Chapter 13, pp. 496-517)


  1. Compare
    and contrast what is known about the life of Muhammad with one of
    the following religious founders: Buddha, Confucius, Zarathushtra,
    or Jesus. What are the most significant similarities and differences
    between Muhammad and whoever else is selected? Explain.

  2. What
    have been the interrelationships between Judaism, Christianity, and
    Islam? Explain.

  3. What
    distinguishes a Sunni from a Shi’ite Muslim? Explain.

  4. Using
    specific examples, explore some of the different interpretations of
    Islam proffered by Islamists and more moderate Muslims.


  1. Explain
    the key teachings of Sikhism and explain how military power became a
    part of Sikh tradition during the time of the Gurus.

  2. What
    is the Guru Granth Sahib? What is its significance within Sikhism?
    How is it incorporated into worship practices at Sikh gurdwaras?

  3. What
    does the emergence of multiple new religions imply about the success
    of mainstream religions in meeting human needs? In your discussion,
    describe and evaluate some of the theories proposed for explaining
    why people convert to new religious movements.

  4. Explain
    the difference between a catastrophic millennial movement and a
    progressive millennial movement using specific examples.

  5. Briefly
    describe Neo-Paganism and Deep Ecology. What role does nature play
    in these new religious movements?

  6. Critically
    discuss the current trend to understand oneself as being “spiritual”
    as opposed to “religious” and what this designation implies.