REL/134 v8 Characteristics of Alternative Religions REL/134 v8 Page 2 of 2

REL/134 v8

Characteristics of Alternative Religions

REL/134 v8

Page 2 of 2

Characteristics of Alternative Religions

In this assignment, you will share what you learned about 3 chosen alternative religions.

Complete Parts 1-3 below.  As you complete this assignment, consider the presence of these religions in the world today. You may want to conduct an internet search to see where any or all of these religions appear in news, film, arts, etc. Consider the information from your search as well as from classroom resources when working on this assignment. You will then compare an alternative religion with a traditional Western religion you learned about in the course.

Note: You may find helpful resources for completing your assignment in the Center for Writing Excellence.

Part 1: Religion Characteristics Table

Choose 3 alternative religions (e.g., Church of Scientology, Transcendental Meditation, Wicca, Druidry, etc.) that you have encountered in the course textbook or resources.

Complete the table with from your readings and your additional research.


Name of Alternative Religion

Basic Teachings of the Religion

Important Historical Event(s) Within the Religion

Rituals and Holy Days and Symbols


Effects of Religion on Modern Society

Alternative Religion 1

Alternative Religion 2

Alternative Religion 3

Part 2: Comparison

Select 1 of the alternative religions from the table above and 1 traditional Western religion (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Islam) to research and compare.

Write a 525- to 700-word overall response in short answers to the following:

What are the similarities and differences between the 2 religions you selected?

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How is each of your chosen religions perceived by those outside of the faith?

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What did you discover about the connection between the specific religions and morals or ethics?

Enter your response here.

Part 3: References

Include a references list. Use a citation generator, such as the Reference & Citation Generator in the Center for Writing Excellence, to cite the research used to complete this assignment. Format your in-text citations (e.g., Adams, 2016, p. 23) and references list (i.e., list of resources at the end of the assignment) using APA format. Consult the References page on the APA Style website for assistance. Don’t worry about perfection. If you make a mistake, your faculty member can help, so please let your faculty member know if you have any questions.

Enter your response here.

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