Required Readings September 10 - 12.docx

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St. Michael's College Courses
Carly Manion

Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing: Religious Studies (Pages 1 - 20) 1. What, according to Northey is "critical thinking"? How does this relate to the issue of religious presuppositions?  Critical thinking - analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application (page 2) NOT dismissing ideas  Having versus being in study (grounded versus knowing)  Related to religious studies interpreting and making sense of script (diversification of 'having') o Religious studies extending beyond just knowing goes into realms of pol't o Falls into env't practices, ethnic , gender and sexuality, historical o Critical thinking extends beyond biases (do not refuse/dismiss) 2. What are some of the best ways to make good use of lectures and tutorials, and what are some strategies to avoid falling prey to the "tryanny of the urgent"?  Do not sit near doors, categorizing time The Catholic Church: A Brief Popular History (Pages 11 - 40) 1. Why, according to Stewart, is it important to study the history of the Catholic Church?  Understanding how we came here today (with the fall of various entities we still have Church) 2. What are some of the most important features of the Roman Empire in the first century CE, and why are these important for understanding the early life and ministry?  Massive armies but trials were held Marxism and expanding the city (Hellenization)  Catholic churches were no longer worshiped and switched to Greek gods 3. What were the main Jewish groups at the time of Jesus of Nazareth's Temple in 70 CE?  The Sadducees o Upper class reading the Torah and using Hellenism  The Pharisees o Keeping the oral tradition and Torah - keeping the letter of the law but not in Hellenism o Two groups: Letter of the law or the law's spirit  The Zealots o Actively rebellious, afterwards supporters of Jesus  The Essenes o Similar to Sadducees - rejecting oral traditions but like Zealots wanting freedom and rejecting Hellenism o Believed a Messiah would free them 4. Who were Peter and Paul, and what role did each have in the history of the early Christian movement? (page 29)  Peter - committed loyal and scared; first to be leader of disciples even though he came from a non catholic community o First Pope in succession (given in lat 2nd/3rd century) o Killed during Nero's persecution in 65CE  Paul - was not Christian converted (message found in death and resurrection) did not see abi
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