REL 1103-01 Introduction to Religion Spring Semester, 2017Fo

REL 1103-01 Introduction to Religion Spring Semester, 2017Focus Paper-I Instructions Dr. William M. Kallfelz,Assigned Monday, February 6th 2017—due1 Monday, March 6thInstructionsAs far as the constraints go, the final submission should be prepared in double-space in standard format (either Times New Roman or Times or equivalent font, nosmaller than 11 pt font and no larger than 12 pt. font). Please include title of paper,your name, and date on the header (a separate title page is not necessary), pagination(page numbering), and list of references at the end of the paper or in a separate sheet.Please use MLA conventions (or equivalent) in terms of citation conventions (seefootnote 4 below for more details).There are no requirements for absolute page length of the body of the paper,but try to keep the word count (for the body of the paper, not including title andreferences) between 800-1,000.2 Remember, however, that you’ll be graded for writingquality, not writing quantity. Necessary conditions for writing quality include (butaren’t limited to): precision, clarity, explanatory depth and coherence, etc.As far as any expository parts of the paper go, on account of the constraints onlength, though you’re welcome to paraphrase the author(/s) points, please try to keepthe number of direct quotes to a minimum. If, however, you encounter a “zinger”passage3 that you feel you have to directly cite/quote from, make sure you explain thequote’s significance in a succinct sentence or two.4 Keep in mind, however, that muchof your paper may consist in reflection, not exposition—so (for instance) it’s fine to usefirst-person. When engaging in reflective writing, it’s best to allow yourself time tomull over whichever topic you have chosen, to allow some coherent thoughts toemerge—in that regard, try to think about why that particular topic may havecaptured your interest and what sorts of personal experiences you may have hadwhich you feel resonate (and which you’re welcome to share).1 Late policy: I subtract one letter grade for every day it’s late (including weekends). So if youhand it in Tuesday (March 7th) that will cost you one letter grade penalty (i.e., an otherwise “A”paper will be graded as a “B”, etc.) Obviously (at no penalty) you are welcome, if you wish, tohand in your paper earlier.If that feature isn’t working, you may send it towkallfelz@philrel.msstate.edu or wmk35@msstate.eduAlso, everysubmission is through SafeAssign (whether as a scanned hardcopy or otherwise) and you donot need to create an account for yourself, if you don’t have one already (I’ll create one on yourbehalf in that case).2 For TNR font, 12 pts, double-spaced, this translates to approximately 3 to 4 pages. For moreinformation, see: http://www.wordstopages.com/3 If it’s more than two sentences, you should indent and single-space.4 Also, please use MLA conventions for all citations. For more information, please see:www.mla.org/style_faq If you cite or paraphrase from one of my slides from lecture, however,you can be informal (I.e. a convention like “(Kallfelz lecture __ )” is sufficient. Please upload Focus paper 1 using the Assignment feature (Focus Paper 1 content area) in BbL I assume no responsibility for missing attachments and/or corrupted files (late penalties will still apply. 1 one topic only(i.e. one of the elements in the outline below, i.e. I.b)List of Topics: Please just chooseor II.c) , etc.) from the following list below (the topics are arranged in terms of categories covered in the course,up through February 6th). If you have your own original topic you’d like to write about instead, please consultwith me (preferably during office hours—not by email) in advance (no later than one week before it’s due, i.e.no later than February 27th ).I. Religion and Phenomenology (January 9th – 23rd)a.) Thought Experiment 3 and Thought Experiment 4 (C & K, 2013, p. 53).In describing succinctly the sacred persons you have observed in yourown life, as well as the sacred places in your life and community, makesure you specify in particular all of the four essential aspects of SacredReality. Reserve a paragraph or two to reflect upon, in your own words,what effect(s) these people or places had on you and what you would hasimpacted your inner spiritual life.b.) Imagine yourself to be from a culture very different from our own—forinstance, suppose you grew up in a small, tribal per-literate communitythat practices shamanism and animism, like (for instance, an earlyNative American tribe). Suppose you (for the first time in your life) makecontact with a missionary, who takes you to his/her church, andimagine yourself having a dialogue with the missionary afterward. Usethe phenomenological method5 to try to find common ground with whatyou think s/he is trying to communicate to you. Note that in yourtradition, all you are familiar with are the particular elements of yourculture—whether they include belief in nature spirits, or (in in case ofthe Sioux) Wakantanka (Great Spirit) and White Bison Spirit Woman(Wakantanka’s representative sent to deliver the sacred pipe to the tribalelders). Assume you know nothing of the beliefs and practices of theChristian religion of the missionary.c.) Pick a particular poem (preferably short, like a Japanese Haiku) or apassage in the Bible (if you chose the latter, mention which edition youare using)—again preferably short (several sentences). Briefly commenton the poem (or verse’s) literal, allegorical, moral, and (possibly)anagogical meanings (recall JCL, 2009, pp. 117-120).6 Also reserveseveral paragraphs’ worth on reflection on the poem’s/passage’s personaland spiritual significance to you, and how you believe or interpret itssymbolic imagery as awakening special forms of states of religiousconsciousness, or self-transcendence.75 As discussed, for instance, in C & K (2013), pp. 3-10, or also, in greater depth in chapters 3and 4 (JCL, 2009)6 In particular, many of the poems by W.B. Yeates, as well as by T. S. Eliot, make references toapocalyptic and eschatological imagery.7 You may find chapters 3, 4 of JCL (2009), pp. 37-73 to be useful guides here. 2