Theology

Fordham University

THEO R27/29 Faith and Critical Reason Final Examination December 2020
Name____________________________________________ Date________________ R___
Consult: Hill, Brennan. World Religions and Contemporary Issues (2013)
Johnson, Elizabeth. Quest for the Living God (2007)
Your essays are to be computer-generated, using 12 point font, double-spaced with 1 inch
margins. Submit the Final Examination on Blackboard/Assignments

I World Religions: Beginnings and Founders (30)
a. Identify and compare the founders of Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
What do they have in common? How are they different?
b. Describe the communities that followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam formed initially.

Explain how each religion evolved and formed other groups/factions.

II Sacred Writings
Consider the sacred writings of each religion. Choose five (5) quotes, give its source, and
explain why you find each quote inspiring or challenging to live a meaningful life. (20)

III In the words of Pope John Paul II, “by dialogue we let God be present in our midst; as we
open ourselves in dialogue to one another, we open ourselves to God.”
(30)
a. Explain what is meant by interreligious dialogue.
b. Explain and give a real life experience for these four types of dialogue:

1. Dialogue of Life,
2. Dialogue of Action,
3. Dialogue of Theological Exchange
4. Dialogue of Religious Experience.

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IV Brennan R. Hill in World Religions and Contemporary Issues (2013) encourages the
study of world religions to: (20)
1. gain a broader world view,
2. be better prepared to participate in our global society, and
3. better understand new and interesting religious perspectives.
a. Based on your readings, viewing videos, and discussions with peers, explain how you have
achieved each of these goals.
b. Why might you be motivated to continue your study of world religions?

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