World Religion

During this session, we talked about many of the world religions, such as Hinduism, Judaism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, etc. For the final project, you are to write a 5 to 7 page comparison of one of the religions we discussed with a religion not discussed in class (or a sect not mentioned).
Please remember that the comparison is on basic tenets and historical constructs. Some of these religions can get very complicated very quickly, such as Cheondoism, therefore, stick to the basics and try to be as succinct as possible—such as a comparison of wedding traditions, rites of passage, or death rituals, or even a basic overview of belief structures.  
Examples of religions you can choose include:

Sabians (or Sabian Mandaeans), followers of John the Baptist.
Baha’I (highly recommended)
Mormonism (type of Christianity, recommended)
Yazdânism (Ali Illahism, Ishikism, Yarsan, or Ahl-e Haqq) (Heavily persecuted in Syria today).
Tenrikyo (Compare to Shintoism)
Bábism or Bábíism
Mandaeism or Mandaeanism (Historic)

Comparison of Specific Christian Sects or other religions/sects (comparison of belief structures only).

Protestantism vs. Catholoicism
Greek or Byzantine Orthodox vs. Catholicism
Jehovah Witnesses vs. another type of Christianity

Or, compare one these sects with another version of Christianity

Anabaptism and Schwarzenau Brethren
Anabaptists vs Baptists
Quakers/Friends (very interesting topic for a comparison).
Gnosticism (historic), such as Valentinianism, or the followers of Valentinus, who was a disciple of Theudas, who was a disciple of St. Paul, aka Saul of Tarsus, and their use of other Gospels, such as the Gospel of Truth, the Gospel of Thunder (or Thunder, the Perfect Mind), Apocryphon of James, The Gospel’s of Thomas (sayings gospel) and Phillip, the Book of Thomas the Contender, The Tripartite Tractate, On the Origin of the World, The Dialogue of the Savior, The Apocalypse of Paul, The First Apocalypse of James, The Second Apocalypse of James, The Apocalypse of Adam, as well as many of the other texts found at Nag Hammadi (can be very complicated and it is noted that St. Ambrose of Alexandra was a former teacher of Valentinianism.  Valentinianism was eventually ruled heretical after the heresiologist’s St. Irenaeus of Lyon’s wrote his massive work On the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis and Hippolytus of Rome wrote his Refutation of All Heresies).
Or other Gnostics, such as the Sethians (Gnosticism, Platonism, mixed with Christianity & Judaism), also known as the followers of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve and they pay particular attention to Norea, the daughter of Adam & Eve, wife of Noah (Norea is very prominent in Mandeanism and Manicheanism, however she is not part of or mentioned in conical Christian or Jewish texts). Manicheanism refers to the followers of the Prophet Mani, who were another anceint Christian sect (the Manichean myth is facinating, but complicated, and it is noted that Saint Augustine of Hippo, the most beloved Christian Saint, was Manichean before his conversion to what is today referred to as mainstream Christianity)

Catholic Traditions verses……

Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church
Armenian Catholic Church
Belarusian Catholic Church
Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church
Chaldean Catholic Church
Coptic Catholic Church
Byzantine Church of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro
Eritrean Catholic Church
Ethiopian Catholic Church
Greek Byzantine Catholic Church
Hungarian Byzantine Catholic Church
Italo-Albanian Catholic Church ; a.k.a. Italo-Greek Catholic Church
Macedonian Catholic Church
Maronite Catholic Church
Melkite Catholic Church
Ruthenian Catholic Church 

Or, you can compare the different sects of Judaism, often referred to as streams, movements, or branches

Haredi (or Ultra) Orthodox
Open Orthodox
Jewish Renewal
Or Ashkenazi versus Sephardic

Or, compare a mainstream Islamic sect such as Sunni or Shi’ism to (belief structure):

Druze (many consider them not Islamic)
Wahabi (the religion of Al Qaeda)
Alawites (Ruling Class in Syria)
Nation of Islam

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