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Sikhism

Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Sikh teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. God as separate from the universe is the best way to understand the divine in Sikhism.

2. Self-centredness is the greatest barrier to Mukti.

3. The langar is the greatest example of equality in Sikhism.

4. For Sikhs sewa is the best way to become gurmukh.

5. Getting close to God is much easier wen praying or meditating at home.

6. Service to others is the most important Sikh belief.

7. Guru Gobind Singh taught Sikhs more about equality than Guru Nanak.

8. The langar is the most important way Sikhs worship God.

9. Calling to mind the name of God is all Sikhs needs to do to live a good life.

10. For Sikhs Vaiskhi celebrates the beginning of the Sikh religion.

11. The lives and teachings of the Gurus are more important than the Guru Granth Sahib.
Judaism
Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Jewish teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. In Judaism the concept of the Messianic age is bound to the idea of a single divinely

anointed Jewish leader.

2. The covenant of Abraham is more important than the covenant of Moses

3. The existence of Mitzvot prove that there is no free will

4. The Mitzvot between God and man are more Important than the Mitzvot between man and

man

5. The main use of the Synagogue is and should be for prayer.

6. The reading from the Torah is the only reason why the Shabbat service in the Synagogue is

important.

7. The Bar Mitzvah is the most important rite of passage for a Jewish male.

8. The most important religious festival for Jewish people is the Pesach.

9. There is no reason for dietary laws in today’s society.


Christianity
Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Christian teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. The belief in the Trinity is the most important teaching of Christianity.

2. The incarnation of Jesus is more important than his resurrection.

3. The crucifixion is more important than the resurrection.

4. The only people to enter heaven are those who believe in Jesus.

5. Salvation is God’s greatest gift to humanity.

6. The stories of the incarnation prove that Jesus was the son of God.

7. Christians do not need to pray at church as long as they pray at home.

8. It is more important to help the poor than to celebrate the Holy Communion.

9. Christmas is no longer a religious festival.

10. The church provides more as a building than as a group of believers.

11. The main job of a Christian is to tell others about his/her faith.
Hinduism
Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Hindu teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. The idea of nirguna Brahman is the best way to try and understand the divine.

2. The only goal a Hindu should have is Moksha.

3. The most important aspect of the divine for Hindus is the idea that God exists within the

heart of all living things.

4. Hinduism can be understood as a monotheistic religion.

5. Hindus do not have to worship as the atman achieves liberation only by the grace of

Brahman or another deity.

6. Bhakti towards a personal deity is the best way to worship for a Hindu.

7. Karma yoga is the most beneficial.

8. Hindus express their respect and love for the environment only towards animals.

9. The most important reason Hindus go on a pilgrimage is to pray for help or healing.
Islam
Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Muslim teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. Tawhid is the most important teaching in Islam.

2. The divide between Sunni and Shi’a has no reason to exist today.

3. Merciful is the most important characteristic of God.

4. Predestination means that humans have no free will.

5. All prophets are equally important.

6. Ibrahim is more important than Adam for Muslims today.

7. The Shahadah is the most important of the 5 pillars.

8. There is no difference between praying at home and praying at a mosque.

9. The remembrance of Ibrahim is the most important part of Hajj.

10. Jihad I obsolete in today’s world.


Buddhism
Evaluate these statements.

In your answer you should:

 refer to Buddhist teaching


 give reasoned arguments to support this statement
 give reasoned arguments to support a different point of view
 reach a justified conclusion.

1. The fourth sight of the Buddha, the holy man, was the most important of the four sights.

2. The meeting at the river of Narainjana was of greater importance for Buddha’s route to

enlightenment than the four sights.

3. The Buddha is the most important of the 3 refuges.

4. Dukkha is the most important of the 3 marks of existence.

5. Dukkha is the most important of the 4 noble truths.

6. Mental suffering affects people more than physical suffering.

7. The fourth noble truth, the cure for suffering, is the most important of the 4 noble truths.

8. Wisdom is the most important of the six perfections.

9. Vipassana is a more important type of meditation tan Samatha.

10. Loving-kindness, metta, is the most important of the 4 sublime states.