Chat Session: November 16/2013 + November 30/2013
Questions to discuss on Saturday, November 16/2013:
1. Discuss the Fundamental Features of the Islamic tradition.
• The core fundamental features of the Islamic tradition are that the world was essentially
created for humans, but God has sole control over it. God generally makes himself known
to the humans and guides humans. In Islam, God created humans, he was responsible for
the beginning and destiny of the world. For humans, God will judge them on there last day
on their good and bad deeds and reward and punish them accordingly in there next life.
The revelation that is seen in the Qur’an is the presence of Prophet Muhammad. In Islam,
there is a heavy emphasis on worshipping God, abiding by the five pillars and Shari’a.
2. Discuss the Fundamental Features of the Buddhist tradition.
• The core fundamental features of the Buddhism tradition are that they believe that reality
brings out unity and that humans are brought to reality with suffering that is caused by
karma. In Buddhism, they believe in ultimate reality along with Nirvana and the Void. The
destiny and creation of the world is expressed through the cosmos, there is no beginning
or end. Cause and effect created humans, there is no beginning. The destiny of humans is
determined by karma, trying to get out of the Nirvana state. For the revelation/meditation
between the ultimate and humans, is the enlightenment from the Buddha through his
scriptures. The main goal for Buddhist is to do good deed in order to be rebirthed and to
3. Discuss and elaborate on the similarities/differences in the sociological and practical aspects of
both the above traditions shown in your Fundamental Features.
• Similarities: They both want to serve their beliefs in order to achieve their goals. Both
Muslims and Buddhists go to a scared place to pray like for the Muslims it is the Mosque
and for the Buddhist it is the Temple.
• Differences: The differences between Muslim beliefs and Buddhist beliefs are the belief in
the supreme. Muslims believe that there is a God and everyone should worship him and try
to please him. Dedicate your life to him. On the other hand, Buddhists believe that there is
no supreme power it is all reliant on reality, Nirvana and the Void.
Questions to discuss on November 30/2013:
1. Discuss who are the:
(a) Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints)
• The official name for the Mormons is known as Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.
The founder was Joseph Smith. Mormons believe in several core elements: there is one and only church of God, everything that is brought through a prophet have to be
considered to be accurate, temples are essential for the salvation of Mormons, God is seen
as the ideal person, which has a body and flesh, and Jesus is the son of God.
(b) Holiness Churches
• The holiness churches contained some practices and beliefs along with several evangelical
Christian values that are seen to be the core set of g