Compare “Nature” and “Culture.”

Compare “Nature” and “Culture.”.

Third project

Third Paper Project Assignment: Defining “Culture”

Define “Culture.”

Go to the Oxford Dictionary, as well as etymology dictionaries (online and in the library). Analyze the historical roots of the word. What ancient language does it derive from? What did it originally mean?

What does it mean today? Get at least two current definitions from credible, modern dictionaries.

What do you think the word means for most people today? How does this meaning contrast with its original meaning? Why do you think this difference in meaning exists today?

Your answer should be at least one and a half pages, double-spaced. You may write more.

Document your sources, including dictionaries, according to MLA or APA style.

Submit as Blackboard assignment before midnight, October 3rd.

Fourth project

??Fourth Paper Project Assignment: Compare “Nature” and “Culture.” ?Using your research for the first three Paper Projects, explain the difference in meaning between “nature” and “culture.” ?What would you identify as “baggage” we bring to these two words that makes them difficult to understand and relate to each other??At this early stage of your research, do you think that religion is a product of nature or culture? Or both? Give some reasons for your position, knowing that your subsequent research may or may not lead you in another direction.?Your answer should be at least two pages, double-spaced. You may write more.?Document any sources you use according to MLA or APA style.?Submit as Blackboard assignment before midnight, October 5.

Fifth Paper Project Assignment: Choosing Your Religion

Choose a religion to be the focus of your research this semester.

Remember that the religion will serve as an example to illustrate the play between nature and culture.

In one paragraph, explain why you have chosen this religion. What about this religion promises to be useful for a discussion of culture and nature in religion?

Present at least three credible sources – articles or books or chapters in books – that you will use in your research. Document your sources in MLA or APA style and give a short description of their content.

Submit as Blackboard assignment before midnight, October 12.

Sixth Paper Project Assignment: The History of Your Religion

In no more than two pages, double-spaced, tell the story of your chosen religion.

Remember that a plethora of details will not serve your purpose. Your paper is about the play between nature and culture in your religion, so try to emphasize those points in telling its story.

Cite your sources using appropriate MLA or APA style.

Submit as Blackboard assignment before midnight, October 19.

Seventh Paper Project Assignment: Rites, Rituals, and Symbols

In at least two, double-spaced pages, describe the most important rites, rituals, and symbols of your religion. This could include sacred objects and places, devotional practices, celebrations, and calendar-linked observances. Be detailed and specific.

Remember, as always, the point of the paper is the play between nature and culture in religion. You should select among the rites, rituals, and symbols those that show in a special way this dynamic. Here’s how you do it: Identify what is natural, and show how it is connected to the culture. (For example: Christians use water for baptism. Water is a natural element that is used to signify cleansing and new life in Christian religious culture.)

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. If you wish, include images. This is not obligatory.

Cite your sources using appropriate MLA or APA style.

Submit as Blackboard assignment before midnight, October 26.


Compare “Nature” and “Culture.”

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