Test for Religion

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Test on Module One

 
The State of Religion and Young People (Springtide Research Institute, 2020) two introductory paragraphs will frame the background and be your reference point in developing this Module essay. Read and re-read the article a few times in order to get a fuller understanding of what is being said. Some key points raised in this reading are primarily focused on spirituality, meaning, culture, unaffiliated, faith and belief and their respective differences. For the past several weeks we have investigated class topics on: Young people and religion (Affiliated and Unaffiliated), Spirituality, Human development, Meaning, and Belief, The Chosen and Judaism.
 
You are to take a position(s) whether you agree whats being stated, or not, or agree with parts of the reading, or not (questions will guide you in the formation of your answers). Once you formulate your position(s) you are required to defend your thesis by incorporating these categories: Spirituality, human development, Meaning and Belief. Also you need to incorporate some of the themes in The Chosen and aspects of Judaism as part of your answer. As discussed you may use your notes, the power point presentations, class handouts and discussions.
 
Framing Questions:
 
After reading the article below, What do you think the authors main thesis is and what is he trying to convey regarding the state of religion in young people as described today?
 
The author states that perhaps impulses are inspiring young people today as a substitution for formal religious affiliation? What are these impulses and are they systems of belief that young people find meaning, growth, and spirituality? In your answer incorporate the information you learned in the readings, notes and class discussions.
 
 
 
What is the differences between faith and belief?
 
Reading:
 
Religion, understood broadly, is a hallmark of interest in young peoples inner and outer lives. The term religious is not a reference to a particular creed, code, or system, but rather a term that captures and categorizes a wide array of diverse impulses, questions, and connections. These are the impulses that inspire young people to pursue community, identity, meaning, and connection. And we recognize that these impulses are increasingly finding expression in ways that may not seem overtly religious-that is, they are not connected directly to a specific tradition or institution. Instead, the desire for meaning may show up in careers, club, sports, or creative hobbies. Young people find outlets for justice, faith, or purpose in politics, volunteering, nature, or close relationships.
 
While these impulses could be simply called human values, we understand them as religious because we are particularly interested in the ways they are expressed and exercised within systems. This interest us because we are sociologists, looking for trends in behaviors amid social, cultural, and religious shifts. Systems are just trends: they are patterns, repeated behaviors, that start to indicate different ways of being, believing, and becoming. And the systems and markers weve long relied on to gauge, measure, or express religious impulses are changing.
 
The State of Religion and Young People: Springtide Research Institute, 2020

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