Assignment: Reflection: Religious Spaces

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Review this week’s course readings, focusing on religious spaces. Consider not just religious buildings, but also other spaces such as family altars and sacred landscapes.
Carefully consider aspects of the belief system you chose with regard to how those beliefs both inform and support their religious spaces.

By Day 7
Compose a 2-page reflective paper in which you do the following:

Describe the religious space of the tradition you focused on, and explain how the belief system of that tradition supports and is supported by its religious spaces.
Be sure to cite your sources using APA format.

References
Kurtz, L. R. (2016). Gods in the global village: The world’s religions in sociological perspective (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chapter 1, “Religious Life in the Global Village”“Three Pillars of Analysis: Beliefs, Rituals, and Institutions” (pp. 23–30)
Chapter 2, “A Sociological Tour: Turning East”“Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma” (pp. 53–62)
“Buddhism” (pp. 69–74)
“Taoism” (pp. 80–83)
Chapter 3, “The Tour: Western Religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”“Judaism” (pp. 93–99)
“Christianity” (pp. 101–106)
“Islam” (pp. 110–116)
Chapter 4, “Indigenous Religions”“The Veneration of Ancestors” (pp. 140–141)
BBC. (2014). Mormonism. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/mormon/
BBC. (2014). Santeria. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/santeria/
Church of Scientology International. (2015). Scientology: Washington DC. Retrieved from http://www.scientology-washingtondc.org/
Light Planet. (2015). Mormon temples virtual tour. Retrieved from http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/temples/tour.html
Mahrashi Foundation USA. (2015). Transcendental meditation. Retrieved from http://www.tm.org/meditation-washington-dc/
The Theosophical Society in America. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2016, from https://www.theosophical.org

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