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Define the following terms:
|Term |Definition | |Ethnic group |People of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture. | |Anti-Semitism |People that discriminate against or are prejudiced to Jewish people. | |Islamophobia |Hatred of or fear of Muslims or their politics or culture. | |Xenophobia |The irrational fear of people from other countries. | |Persecution |The act of persecuting especially based on race or religion. | |Religious group |Individuals involved with or employed in religious denominations or organized religious groups such as | | |churches. |
Select at least 1 religious and 1 ethnic/racial group not your own from the list below.
• Religious groups (based on http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/affiliations-all-traditions.pdf)
• Evangelical Protestant
• Mainline Protestant
• Historically Black Churches
• Roman Catholic
• Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
• Jehovah’s Witnesses
• Orthodox (Greek, Eastern)
o Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform)
o Buddhism (Theravada or Mahayana)
o Islam (Sunni, Shia, Sufism)
• Racial/Ethnic groups (based on divisions in U.S. Census Bureau documents)
o Asian (Asian descent)
o Black (African descent)
o Hispanic and Latino (South or Central American descent) o Pacific Islander (Polynesian descent)
o White (European descent)
Answer the following questions in 150 to 250 words each about the religious group you selected:
• How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups (such as in their beliefs, worship practices, or values)?
Hinduism consists of thousands of different religious groups that have evolved in India since 1500 BCE. There is no single founder, a specific theological system, a single concept of deity, a single holy text, a single system of morality, a central religious authority, or the concept of a prophet (no author, 2012). In Christianity, and some other religions they look upon one specific founder like Jesus Christ, who was chosen to lead and guide the religion in almost every aspect of the religion. They also believe in the fact that you cannot become a practicing Hindu that you can only be born into this religion, unlike many other religions where you can convert to their religion and decide to learn and live their way of worshipping and beliefs. A person can marry someone of a different religion and choose to adopt their spouse’s religion and beliefs, and raise their children in that faith, but that is not the case with Hinduism.
• What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices?
Other religious groups have practically shunned the Hindu Indians in the past, because they did not share the belief that all religions were the same, which is what the Hindu religion has always stated. Later in society, encounters with Christianity have stimulated many Hindus into awareness of the social dimensions of religion, while the encounter with Hinduism has inspired the quest in many Christians to rediscover the contemplative and meditative traditions of Christianity (Rambachan, 2000). However, Hindu India, has been the sole nation on earth where the Jewish community was never persecuted...
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