[Answered] RELI 448N Week 1 Assignment: Perspectives Essay

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 1
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 2 scholarly sources (1 for the etic view, and 1 for the emic view. Your source for the emic view should come from someone who writes with authority in the religion you chose. For example, if you chose Buddhism, you could use a quotation from His Holiness, Dalai Lama XIV).


Make sure to read the lesson this week to learn about etic and emic perspectives so that you can appropriately apply them in this assignment. In an essay, apply the etic and emic perspectives to your own religion or a religion with which you have some familiarity.

  • How would your tradition be described etically? Remember that this is an outsider’s perspective of what can be measured, studied, or observed.
  • How would it be described emically? Remember that this is an insider’s perspective as seen by practitioners

Make sure that you are using at least one source for each approach and include citations from the assigned readings and additional scholarly sources.


“Traditional dictionary definitions of religion read something like this: a system of belief that involves worship of a God or gods, prayer, ritual, & a moral code. But there are so many exceptions to that definition that it is neither comprehensive nor accurate” (Molloy, 2012) Of the eight elements that are considered characteristics of religion, I do feel that some hold more weight than others in my own belief system. I believe that what I consider to be my religion is based off my own belief system, ritual beliefs, & ethics rules. My own belief system follows along with Christianity. I do believe there is a God & Heaven. With the ritual beliefs, I believe in the power of prayer, but I don’t believe that certain rituals necessarily need to be followed to believe in God or “get in” to Heaven. ….please click the purchase button below to access the entire solution at $10 

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